This Sacred Golden Fish Thrives in Bhutan | Nat Geo Wild

published on July 3, 2020

butonce aquatic biodiversity is not well

studied no but we know it's one of the

most pristine river systems now in the

region being in the Himalayas I think

for Bhutan it was a very important it's

like the veins in our body and they

really drive a lot of inspiration not

just from a physical aspects but also

culturally additionally and also from a

spiritual perspective as well



this monastery is biggest longest river

in the top pool massive thanks

honest Oh Petra it's widely found in

Manas and it is critical engineers

thesis without it

without that : it will be very difficult

to maintain the ecosystem of the river

because it plays a very pivotal role in

food chain that's a top predators we

always consider them as the tiger of the

river because of the various reasons one

reason is this that they have so much of

strength compared to other fishes they

can grow up to like 40 or 50 kilos in

sizes like they can be seen on full

three four feet long it's imagine like

having four feet a wild fish running in

the river and when you see them in the

water is amazing


Goldin Marshallese has a very you know

it's a very important cultural

significance it has one of eight lucky

signs in buddhism which is the golden

fishes which is associated with really

this freedom you know freedom in water

there's a lot of like cultural and

spiritual association but other than

that I think people really didn't seem

to know much about the freshwater

biodiversity and their role and the

important ecosystem services that they



before going for fishings or what we

usually do is look for a busy spot for

construction of research stations we

select a very good fishing spot blue

border with fish if we catch a fish and

we have a standard size band only we

analyze the fish we implant the tag and

let it recover for a while once the fish

is fully recovered then only we



in the Marshall range countries now

Bhutan is the last remaining country you

know where you can find pristine wild

Atlantic stock of water in Machir but

the good thing in Bhutan is that we

recognize the importance of immobile

clean energy which recognized the

importance of fresh water conservation

the authorities and government people

are willing to sit across the table

listen you know that's why this religion

imagery study was very important because

I know I restart dialogues among

environmental colleagues because if you

want to go and have a serious discussion

with the guys from the industry you know

we also need to have the data to tell

them we cannot just say oh this is

important from a wooden machine because

the next thing they're gonna ask you is

that we have the migrations data you

know so now we have the migration data

we have the spawning data now we can

clearly demarcate those areas and say

these these areas needs to be protected

and that's why I think these five years

of study was very important



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