WHY DO WE CARE?
Migratory fish (like salmon, trout, shad, lamprey, giant catfish, sturgeon and eel) are threatened by barriers such as weirs, dams and sluices; built for water management, hydropower and land drainage. Around the world millions of people rely on these fishes as their primary source of protein and for their livelihoods. Water and resource managers, and conservationists are striving to improve migration routes between and within rivers, deltas and the oceans. These ‘fishways’ are vital for their survival.
World Fish Migration Day is held to improve the public’s understanding of the importance of migratory fish and their needs, as well as healthy rivers. Raising awareness, sharing ideas, securing commitments and building communities around river basins are essential aspects of fish passage and river restoration. On this day, we will connect celebrations and events that start in New Zealand, and follow the sun; ending as the sun sets on the west coast of North America. In may 2016, 450 events were connected worldwide.