About World Fish Migration Day

What is World Fish Migration Day?

The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day global celebration to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish and it is coordinated by the World Fish Migration Foundation. On World Fish Migration Day organizations from around the world organize their own event around the common theme of: CONNECTING FISH, RIVERS AND PEOPLE. Many of these events are open to the public. By working together we create a greater driving force to raise awareness, share ideas and secure commitments. 


Why celebrate World Fish Migration Day?

Many migratory fish species are severly threatened. The main causes are man-made obstacles like dams, weirs and sluices, which disrupt the natural flow of rivers and prevent fish migration. Many fish need to migrate to reproduce, feed and complete their life cycles. Migratory fish make up a crucial link in the food chain and plays an important role in healthy and productive river systems. Furthermore they provide an important food supply and livelihood for millions of people around the world.


Goals of World Fish Migration Day

Creating awareness is an essential first step to make real change. The main goal of World Fish Migration Day is to improve the public's understanding of the importance of migratory fish, the need for healthy rivers, the communities that depend on both, and the options we have to minimize or avoid impacts. The next step is to activate citizens around the world to take action on these topics. Ultimately we aim to create lasting commitments from NGO's, governments and industry on safeguarding free flowing rivers and restoring swimways of migratory fish.


Care about migratory fish and their environment? 

Then join World Fish Migration Day now and help raise awareness! Feel like letting us know what you think about fish migration? Share it with us on Social Media using #worldfishmigrationday. Do you want to organize an event?

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A team of fishheads!

There is a decicated team of passionate people working to organise World Fish Migration Day. Interested in reading what they do and why they work on fish migration? Read their profiles below.

Are you interested to become part of this international team? Have a look at our vollunteer positions, internship and job opportunities 

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Copyright Jason Ching

Joost van Deelen

Project Manager

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Herman Wanningen

Marketing and communication

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Pao Fern√°ndez Garrido

Event coordinator

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Kerry Brink

General communication

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Bas Deelman

Marketing, design and strategy

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Sandra Chevret

Event management

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Joshua Royte

Partner & Steering committee chair

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Lissie de Groot

Event management assistant

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Hugo Marques

Brazil Event Coordinator

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Paul Okware


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Meliha Gamze Ekren


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Jakiul Islam


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