At one time, the world’s largest salmonid, the taimen, lived in rivers between Germany and the Pacific coast of Russia . Today, after centuries of poaching, pollution, and habitat destruction, the taimen are making their last stand in Russia and Mongolia . Reaching weights of 200 pounds, the Taimen are one of the world’s premier freshwater sports fish. More about taimen.
Like the fisheries of Europe, Central Europe and Russia , the taimen in Mongolian watersheds are coming under threat. Foreign poachers, careless visitors from Mongolia ‘s capital Ulaanbaatar , and residents from other towns prey on the taimen of the Mongolian watersheds. In the regulatory void which so often characterizes developing economies, the local residents find themselves powerless to protect and manage their most precious resource — their grasslands, their river, and their taimen.
As a Buddhist population, local inhabitants have lived in harmony with the river, its fish, and grasslands. Recent years have been difficult for nomadic herders. Drought, abysmally low livestock prices, and seventy years of communist dictatorship have seriously threatened the nomadic, Buddhist culture.
TCF’s activities will address the challenges confronting the taimen and nomadic culture. Through its unique approach to cultural preservation, natural resource management, and species protection, TCF will insure that the watershed, its fish, its wildlife, and its people are allowed to thrive in this increasingly homogenous world.