There are no known conservation measures for this species. Survey is needed to assess the current population status of this species.
This species is endemic to the Philippines and recorded only from an unspecified cascade river that drains into Murcielagos Bay, Misamis Occidental Province (Herre 1953, Kottelat 2013) and Lake Lanao, Lanao del Sur (Sanguila et al. 1975, Mercene 1997).
No individuals of this species were recorded from various market surveys and fish landing monitoring in Lake Lanao within the period 1973-2017 (Sanguila et al. 1975, Escudero et al. 1980, Escudero and Demoral 1983, Escudero 1995, Ismail et al. 2014, Torres 2018). It has disappeared from the lake just like most of the endemic cyprinids. There are no known reports of this species from its type locality in a river that empties into Murcielagos Bay, Misamis Occidental Province since its discovery. Rivers that drain in Murcielagos Bay, Misamis Occidental are greatly threatened by various mining operations. A survey is needed to assess if there is still a thriving population of this species.
This species has been under extreme stress. In Lake Lanao, this species is threatened by invasive alien species, overfishing, and destructive fishing methods (Sanguila et al. 1975, Escudero 1995, Torres 2018). Invasive alien species in Lake Lanao have caused the extinction of almost all endemic fishes in Lake Lanao. The introduced predatory Giuris margaritacea (Eleotridae) is now the most abundant fish throughout Lake Lanao (Torres 2018) and survival of Barbodes cataractae seems impossible. Rivers that drain into the Murcielagos Bay in Misamis Occidental have been impacted by heavy siltation and heavy metal and cyanide contamination from big and small mining operations (Fiel 2020).