This book is an edited compilation of invited papers presented at the International Symposium on the Mahseer 2006 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 29th and 30th of March 2006. The Symposium brought together 125 experts and enthusiasts from more than 10 countries all over the world, to share their knowledge and expertise and discuss strategies to facilitate policy developments that will ensure continued survival of the mahseer.

The mahseer, scientifically referred to as Tor spp and known in Malaysia as ikan kelah, are large cyprinids, inhabiting the clear, pristine and fast flowing waters of Asia, from the cool waters of Himalayan streams to the tropical rivers of South East Asian jungles. Rapid development in the watersheds within the natural range of many Tor species habitats particularly the spawning grounds increases pressure to their survival. This has resulted in depletion of natural stocks and consequently some species have become rare, threatened and/or endangered. In view of their conservation value and the aquaculture potential, there are concerted efforts amongst researchers, developers, planners and conservationists and governments all across Asia to enhance the natural populations in rivers and natural water bodies.

These technical proceedings provide readers access to the latest information about the mahseer on topics including:

  • General Aspects, Taxonomy and Biology
  • Reproduction and Artificial Propagation
  • Culture and Growth
  • Genetic Aspects
  • Conservation Aspects