December 7, Paro: The first International Mahseer Conference held at Paro ended with one day round table workshop to develop a set of recommended actions for Bhutan and for the region. During the meeting, the members were divided into 6 groups and each group listed and prioritised the specific areas of concern and a set of recommended actions.
The first group facilitated by Dr. Rajeev Raghavan and Jigme Tsuendrup discussed about the threats to Mahseer and some of the potential mitigation options. The second group discussed about the research agenda for Mahseer conservation and management facilitated by Marlis Douglas and Kesang Wangchuk.
The third group facilitated by Steve Cooke and Sonam Choden discussed on the potential community conservation activities. The fourth group discussed on the national fish stocking policy and hatchery protocols and guidelines facilitated by Rick Williams and Singye Tshering. The firth group facilitated by Julie Claussen and Karma Wangchuk talked about the capacity building in Bhutan for aquatic management and conservation. The last group facilitated by Dave Philip and Sonam Wangdi discussed about the recreational fishing program for Mahseer in Bhutan.
At the closing of the conference, the Agriculture Secretary, Dasho Rinzin Dorji said that Bhutan is really proud to be able to host the first International Mahseer Conference and hope very soon, we would be able to come up with the systematic strategies to promote Mahseer in Bhutan. ‘‘I am glad that the conference held here in Bhutan and it is a great strategy to conserve Mahseer and aquaculture as a whole. I have gained many useful knowledge and information from this conference,’’ he added.
Reported by Karma Loday with photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICTD
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