HRU's Five Year Plan includes working with local schools to educate future generations about issues critical to the well-being of healthy river systems, advising government bodies in the development and implementation of conservation-based angling programs and contributing to scientific studies through data collection. Focuses include proper catch-and-release techniques, a scientific understanding of local riverine systems and species, the financial benefits of angling-based pescatourism and the effects of illegal fishing practices such as using poison, electricity and explosives on the surrounding flora and fauna including the Himalayan Golden Mahseer, the Snow Trout, the Black Necked Crane and the White-bellied Heron.
HRU is proud to provide lead sponsorship to the ongoing film project, Taming Mahakali: A Pancheshwar Dam Story. This film is in the initial filming stages and is being produced and directed by Rajat Kharkwal. More than 130 riverside villages - and the riverine species in immediate proximity - are currently at risk of being erased from the planet so that the residents of New Delhi might have greater access to hydorelectric power. HRU is working to bring this conflict into the global spotlight.
Fisheries Conservation Foundation
HRU is an avid supporter of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation whose mission is to promote a better understanding of marine and freshwater fishery resources among fishery users, the general public, and political decision makers, and to encourage the enlightened management of fisheries resources for their optimal use and enjoyment by the public. The FCF's work ranges from mahseer studies in Bhutan to flats fisheries research in the Bahamas and beyond. For more information, visit the FCF website here.
International Mahseer Conference
HRU is a supporter of the biannual International Mahseer Conference which brings together fisheries scientists and conservationists from all over the world to discuss mahseer-related topics including taxonomy and genetics, conservation strategies, migration patterns, threats and much more. The Bhutan Declaration document, which was produced at the first IMC in Paro, Bhutan in 2018, stands as a beacon for mahseer study and conservation. For more information on the International Mahseer Conference , click here.
Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan was filmed in the Bhutanese and Indian Himalayas by film maker Greg I. Hamilton, formerly of Warren Miller Entertainment. This eco-documentary explores the conflict of human consumption versus pristine riverine ecosystems in the shadow of impending hydroelectric dams. Fortunately, hope remains for Bhutan's Drangme Chhu river and its current status as wild and free but the future is uncertain. HRU is a proud sponsor of this film project.
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