BUG’s Adrian Pinder and Andy Harrison recently hosted an IUCN Red List workshop to reassess the conservation status of all 18 species of mahseer belonging to the genus Tor.
The workshop, held at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune was sponsored by Bournemouth University and brought together experts from a number of institutions throughout India and the UK to examine the population and distributional data and trends of all Tor mahseer species, with a view to updating the current IUCN Red List status of each.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is “widely recognised as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. From its small beginning, The IUCN Red List has grown in size and complexity and now plays an increasingly prominent role in guiding conservation activities of governments, NGOs and scientific institutions.”
The IUCN Red List comprises a consistent and recognised approach to assigning conservation status to individual species, and provides supporting evidence to afford additional protection measures to those species that are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered.
The recent assessment of all Tor mahseer species will be reflected in the scheduled IUCN Red List update in November 2018.