Endangered state fish atlas to be prepared by MP
Q. Which state is preparing an atlas for its state fish called Masher (Tor tor)?- Published on 22 Aug 16
Atlas for endangered state fish of MP- Narmada Mahseer( tor tor) is being prepared.
- This is the first of its kind experiment in India.
- Forest department has begun identifying the occurrence of Narmada Masher and is mapping them in protected areas with Global Information System Technology.
- GIS helps in capturing, checking, storing and displaying data on the surface of the earth and can show different kinds of data on one map.
- For studying the different types of data on one map, the aspects that will be studied include the whereabouts, the quantity in which they are found and the places suitable for breeding
- Naddwari and Sonbhadra tributaries are being explored
- Officials said many juvenile fishes are found in these regions and they are being mapped.
- An INR 5 lakh budget has been allowed for facilitating the survey.
- Additional principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) Indore, Pankaj Srivastava said a scientific protocol would be made with the aid of collected data as well as experts of communities to ensure conservation.
- The survey officials have also started with Satpura and Devas tiger reserves and will explore other wildlife sanctuaries in the future.
- The biggest hurdle faced is that official have to have the expertise to recognise the species- they will be conducting training programmes for forest officials including forest guards, deputy rangers and rangers to ensure mapping is effective.
- Forest department has also constructed an artificial flowing water respository in Barwah to conserve the Narmada Mahseer.