Pune: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, today reaffirmed its commitment towards saving the Mighty Mahseer by organising a workshop along with CIFE to identify the best practices of mahseer conservation, the strategies deployed to save the species, and the way forward for this initiative. As a part of Tata Power’s eco-restoration and eco-development programme, conservation of this species was first undertaken by the Company in 1970. The initiative, today, is recognized as one of the biggest conservation efforts in India.
Organised in partnership with Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, the objective of the workshop was to interact, educate and discuss research work carried by various scientists all over India along with Tata Power, and to strategise the ‘best practices’ that can be replicated in other parts of the Country. Various scientists from India also attended the event to discuss the conservation efforts. For almost 4.5 decades now, the Company has been committed to the ecological development and preservation of natural resources in Western Ghats. Reinforcing this commitment, Tata Power officials released over a 100 Mahseer fingerlings in the Walwhan Lake today.
Commenting on the workshop, Mr. Mahesh Paranjpe, Head-Hydro’s, Tata Power, stated, “For over four decades, Tata Power has undertaken numerous efforts to conserve the Mahseer species which is still classified as an endangered species undergoing slow extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Through this workshop, the Company has fuelled the movement towards preserving nature and its ecosystems for a sustainable tomorrow. We wish to outline the best practices so that the same can be adopted in other parts of the country.”
As a part of their ‘Invisible Goodness’ theme, earlier this year, Tata Power had also launched ‘Act for Mahseer’– the largest and the most comprehensive campaign on Mahseer conservation- which encourages people to ‘Pledge’ to save the endangered species. Till date, 674 people have pledged under the initiative. Many of these people have identified the activities which they will undertake towards the cause of Mahseer conservation and are acting towards it. These activities include identifying a habitat that is conducive to Mahseer breeding in various city/state; recommending these destinations by sharing this information with others; undertaking and encouraging others to take simple steps like not polluting any water body and ideating on fund-raising initiatives in association with Tata Power.
The survival of the magnificent Mahseer, one of the 20 mega fishes of the world is important, for with its success we will have taken one more step towards preserving our eco-system. Tata Power has taken up the conservancy programme of the Mahseer in right earnest. The Company has also carried out cage culture and ranching programmes successfully and demonstrated the use of such research programmes for replication all over the country. Around 300 Fishery Scientists have been trained to date to continue conservation efforts.
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