Ever hear of the mahseer? It’s one of the world’s most desirable sport fish. And, oh yeah, it’s also a carp--- or at least a member of the same family. But this is a carp that eats just about anything, including lures and flies. Also, it grows to more than 100 pounds. It is found across southern Asia to Iran.
I recently received a request for assistance from Nishikant Gupta in London who is studying how to best sustain populations of the mahseer. Also, he wants to better understand environmental awareness and conservation support among anglers in general. He is using an online questionnaire to do that, and that is where you can help.
Here is what he said:
“Recreational angling is a leisure activity which has flourished over decades on a global scale. There are many examples which illustrate how this activity has not only provided economic incentives to local communities, but also been pivotal in the protection of certain endangered fish species and their associated habitats.
“To obtain a global perspective on this debate, I am coordinating a questionnaire designed to understand the level of environmental awareness and conservation support within the recreational fishing community. The responses will be analysed and a manuscript discussing the results submitted for publication in an international journal to inform the scientific community, policy makers and the recreational fisheries sector about the current gaps and issues that need to be urgently addressed for global freshwater fish conservation.
“The questionnaire takes no more than five minutes to complete and all respondents will be contributing to an international drive to raise awareness of the conservation benefits of sustainable sport angling worldwide.”
So . . . how about taking a few minutes to help out with this worthwhile project?