Bhutan has a rich aquatic biodiversity and Mahseers is one of the largest fish which reins our aquatic ecosystems.Two Mahseer species are found in Bhutan’s major river; Golden Mahseer (Tor putitora) which is listed as Endangered in IUCN Red list and the near threatened Chocolate Mahseer (Neolissochilush exagonolepsis).
Golden Mahseer are considered one of the majestic of all fish species found in the fresh waters of South Asia and in Bhutan, it is revered as one of the eight lucky signs, Sernya: The Golden Fish. Golden mahseer is listed as a Schedule I species in the Forests and Nature Conservation Act 1995. Yet, illegal fishing is still a concern. Efforts have been put in by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests for Mahseer research and conservation works in Bhutan and our works are being applauded by the conservationists across the world. Continue reading
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