World Fish Migration Day celebrated today with over 400 events
World Fish Migration Day, held today on May 21, 2016, will bring together more than 1,500 organizations, featuring more than 430 events worldwide.
Organized by the World Fish Migration Foundation, this one-day global initiative calls attention to the needs of migratory fish to ensure that more natural river networks remain connected, and those already fragmented can be restored.
The international headquarters of WFMD is hosted at The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, USA.
The European headquarters is hosted at the ‘Afsluitdijk’ dam in the Netherlands, where the latest news will be presented around the biggest tidal fish way project of the world, the 5 km long fish migration river.
Free flowing rivers
“Fish migration is one of nature’s wonders. Long distant migrants like eels, sturgeons and salmons need both healthy rivers and seas but populations of migratory fish species are declining fast,” said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International.
“Free-flowing rivers are key to their survival", Lambertini continued, "and under growing pressure as the world continues to develop hydropower and other infrastructures. It is more important than ever to conserve migratory fish on which ecosystems but also jobs and economies depend.”
From New Zealand to North America
Global celebrations started in New Zealand and, following the sun, to finish on the west coast of North America.
Many organizations open their doors to the public, offering a view into special work and projects related to fish migration and river restoration.
Around the globe, millions of people are working together to protect and restore aquatic ecosystems. Despite these efforts to protect native waterways, an alarming number of migratory fish species continue to decline.
This year's World Fish Migration Day was officially kicked-off yesterday in Washington, USA.
The first World Fish Migration Day was held in 2014 and had its headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Read also on this website
● Urge for red list for endangered fish migration at opening Fish passage conference, 24 June 2015
● First international Fish Passage conference in Europe coming up, 18 June 2015
● First World Fish Migration Day celebrated on 257 locations, on all continents, 19 May 2014
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