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BHOPAL: Mahasheer, one of the 17 endangered fish species, may find a new home in a water body created by the seepage of Tawa reservoir canal in Hoshangabad district. The fish species was once found in abundance in Narmada River in the state. Construction of dams over the river-the life line of the state running from the east to the west--has caused a drop in the fish.
"The construction of dams disturbed the river ecology further disturbing its habitat, several tributaries stopped meeting the river and now mahasheer has to swim upstream to breed in the river water," VK Purohit, Director Fisheries told the TOI.
He said that mahasheer needs clear crystal water and the water body identified in the Tawa Nagar has all the qualities to have a first breeding centre of Mahasheer in the state. The ICAR team would son file its report and we would act accordingly, Purohit said sounding optimistic.
A team of experts from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) that visited the just-concluded fish festival at Lal Parade grounds, surveyed the water body in Tawa Nagar of Hoshangabad for the rehabilitation of mahasheer, the state fish, Purohit said. Like swamp deer of the Kanha National Park and Dudhraj (paradise flycatcher) the state animal and bird respectively, mahasheer is the state fish and is known for its good taste.
After an alarming drop in mahasheer population in the Narmada River four months back, the state government in its agriculture cabinet declared mahasheer as its state fish, Purohit said. The Lucknow-based National Bureau Fish Genetic Resource also recommended the state government to make efforts for conservation of the game fish.