Conservation of biodiversity is not new to Tata Power. Indeed, the company's flagship biodiversity conservation program, the Mahseer Conservation Project was initiated more than five decades ago.
The Mahseer are a group of species of freshwater fish most of which face the threat of extinction in the wild. They are important cultural and biological icons of the rivers of India linking livelihoods and biodiversity conservation to each other. For over five decades Tata Power has strived to conserve these legendary fish. Our program operates on three thematic areas -
Tata Power is renowned for having successfully bred the Mahseer fish in captivity and works closely with Government agencies and fisheries institutes for responsible re-introductions of the species in the wild. The breeding facility at Walvhan, Lonavla, maintained by the company is open to scientists and students for research and training purposes, thus helping build capacities in this specialized field.
Mahseer Conference August 2015: In August 2015, a conference on Mahseer Conservation was held at Lonavla wherein over 30 scientists from various states in India participated and deliberated on conservation and breeding of this elusive fish.
Tata Power is also building partnerships with experts to help sustain populations of the fish in the wild.
International Conference for Conservation of Humpback Mahseer To better understand the ecology of the Mahseer, an international conference was held in Tata Power's Walvhan facility, Lonavla, India in January 2017 along with the Mahseer Trust. The Conference focused on a Humpback Mahseer and was attended by national and foreign delegates from reputed organizations as well as government officials.
Tata Power conducts awareness programs for its employees using the spirit of volunteering, exposing the volunteers to the wild and helping them understand the nuances of conservation.
It has been over 5 decades that Tata Power has been putting in efforts to conserve this species. Though the Humpback Mahseer is now out of the endangered category, Golden Mahseer is still very much endangered. Through Act for Mahseer, the Company would like to appeal to all the stakeholders to play a part in the conservation of this immensely acclaimed and useful species.
Tor is a Golden Mahseer who hatched and grew up in the Tata Power hatchery at Walwhan, Lonavala. He is a smart, witty little chap, who spends his time travelling and loves making friends. He is one of the few among his friends and family who survived the wild. This series captures his journey in the wild, as he meets new people, animals and fishes on the way.