The South Asia regional office of the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group was established at the Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO) in Coimbatore, India in October 2012 to cater to the growing interest and increased need for awareness, capacity building and research concerning freshwater biodiversity in the region. The Office has also initiated the Freshwater Fish Conservation Network of South Asia (FFCNSA) with an aim to identify and coordinate a network of ichthyologists who will work together to raise the profile for freshwater fish conservation in this region.
The office is managed by Rajeev Raghavan and Waikhom Vishwanath, the Co-Chairs for the FFSG South Asia region, with the support of Sanjay Molur, Executive Director of ZOO.
Some of the proposed activities and immediate priorities of the South Asia office and FFCNSA include:
• Update and complete the IUCN Red List assessments for freshwater fishes in the region (in collaboration with the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
• Provide necessary policy inputs and support to the local and national governments in the region on freshwater biodiversity conservation
• Organize training programs and workshops in fish taxonomy and systematics as well as other topics relevant to the objectives of the FFSG
• Develop education and outreach materials relevant to freshwater biodiversity conservation
• Develop and establish a state of the art repository for freshwater fish collections
Supported by the FFSG South Asia Office, the Mahseer Trust, Baobab Educational Adventures, Carleton University and the University of Massachusetts – Amherst are organizing a series of workshops on science-based conservation and management of mahseer in India, with a special focus on recreational fisheries and catch-and-release angling.
The workshops are for scientists, researchers and academics working on freshwater fish and fisheries, biodiversity managers, environmental policy makers, angling tour operators, anglers, members of the press and visual media, and anyone who is passionate about conserving the mahseer.
29th March 2014 (JLR Bannerghatta Nature Camp, Bengaluru, Bangalore, India). Download flyer here
5th April 2014 (Hanifl Center, Woodstock School, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand India). Download flyer here
FULL PROGRAMME COMING SOON!
The South Asia office publishes a half-yearly newsletter called ‘MIN’, with the help and support of the editorial staff of the Journal of Threatened Taxa and Zoos Print Magazine.
Download the second issue (January 2014) of MIN here
• Ichthyofaunal diversity of Kaladan River of Mizoram: can we afford to conserve?
• The kingfishes of the Eastern Himalaya
• Report of new invasive fish, Red-bellied Piranha Pygocentrus nattereri in Godavari River
• Fighting against all odds: the struggle for existence among hill stream loaches of northern Western Ghats
• And more…
Download the first issue (August 2013) of MIN here
• Vanishing Rice fields around Mumbai Metropolitan Region – A Cause of Fish Loss?
• Introduction of African Catfish Clarias gariepinus in Bhutan
• Northeastern India – a natural repository of stone loaches
• Hill Stream Catfishes: Simply Magnificent, Nothing Catty!
• A checklist of the Threatened Freshwater Fishes of Kerala State
• And more…..
Download the application form for joining FFCNSA
Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO), 96, Kumudham Nagar, Villankurichi Road, Coimbatore 641 035, Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: 91 422 2665298, 2665450, 2665101, Fax: 91 422 2665472