This article presents available information regarding the present status of chocolate mahseer and the conservation measures been undertaken in the East Garo Hills of Meghalaya. A total of 54 sanctuaries have been established since 2012 in Garo, Khasi and Jaintia hills under the Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission project of the Fish Farmers Development Agency.
The sanctuaries have been established with the objective to preserve and enhance aquatic biodiversity, protect indigenous ﬁsh species, preserve breeding and feeding grounds, restore declining stocks by artiﬁcial propagation and serve as tourist attractions to provide livelihood opportunities. Awareness raising programmes assist in recruiting the support of rural communities in supporting these conservation zones.
Creative Commons Attribution.