The Taimen Fund in the Eg-Uur

River Keepers in the Eg-Uur Watershed

Partnerships among The Taimen Fund, Hovsgol Travel/Sweetwater Travel, U.S. and Mongolian taimen scientists and domestic and international anglers have helped protect the taimen fishery in Mongolia’s Eg-Uur watershed. The Taimen Fund continues to engage and improve poaching patrols (River Keepers) in the valley to confront and educate illegal anglers, a program first started in 2009 by The Taimen Fund’s predecessor.

Poaching is a significant threat to the survival of taimen, especially as the rivers become more accessible from Ulaanbaatar due to road improvements. Without adequate safeguards, poaching will only increase. Mongolia’s Ministry of Environment and Green Development has instituted catch-and-release, single-hook-barbless regulations for all taimen fishing in Mongolia, but without an increase in enforcement, these regulations may not be enough to help protect taimen for future generations.

The Taimen Fund is dedicated to enforcement of taimen fishing regulations all year long, even when outfitters are not present to monitor local poaching activity.