This supplementary volume comprises a total of 10 papers which were also presented at the First International Symposium on the Mahseer 2006 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 29th and 30th of March 2006. The printing of this publication will provide a more complete resource on the various aspects of the Biology, Culture and Conservation of the mahseer which has arisen from the organizing of the symposium.
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: