May 21 will be World Fish Migration Day, a one day global initiative, with local events worldwide to help generate awareness of the importance of keeping rivers open to migratory fish.
In an attempt to bring global attention to the needs and importance of connected natural river networks, the World Fish Migration Day has been initiated by a partnership of 6 organizations including World Fish Migration Foundation (NL), WWF, the Netherlands (NL), The Nature Conservancy (USA), IUCN SSC / WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (based in the UK), LINKit consult (NL) and Waterschap AVG (NL). Events to mark World Fish Migration Day have been organised in 347 locations around the world.
Fish migration is often a vital contribution to the food supplies and the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide, but more than ever this is under threat. The causes of this include man-made obstacles such as dams, weirs and sluices built for water management, hydropower, irrigation and land drainage. These disrupt the natural flow of rivers and can prevent fish migration.
'Deflecting fish away from such obstacles can have a significant impact to ensuring that migration can continue unimpeded when new infrastructure projects are constructed', commented Dr David Lambert of FGS. 'We are at the forefront of developing deflection systems that can deter fish from such obstacles and intakes'.
Further information about World Fish Migration Day 2016 can be found at http://www.worldfishmigrationday.com