Blue-finned Mahseer: Moved From Endangered To The Least Concern Status:
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has moved Blue-finned Mahseer from Endangered to the Least Concern’ status on its Red List.
- The Mahseer belongs to the genus Tor, of which there are several subspecies to be found in India and in other range countries in South Asia.
- The Blue-finned Mahseer or Tor Khudree is one of the subspecies of the Mahseer.
- Mainly found in the Mota Mola river east of Pune. This species is also found in other rivers of the Deccan Plateau.
- The species is migratory; moving upstream during rains. It prefers clean, fast-flowing and well-oxygenated waters.
- Threatened by habitat manipulation, over-harvesting and competition from other fish species.
- Freshwater Ecosystem Indicator:
- It is very sensitive to dissolved oxygen levels, water temperature and sudden climatic changes. It just cannot bear pollution.
- They have cultural and religious significance as well as they are protected in ‘temple sanctuaries’ across India.
- Conservation Initiatives:
- Tata Power (private company) is involved in conservation of the blue-finned for 50 years in Lonavala (near Pune), Maharashtra.
- IUCN Red List: Least Concern