World Fish Migration Day 2014 (WFMD) is a one day global initiative, with local events worldwide, to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. WFMD is held to improve the publics’ understanding of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish and their needs.
The WFMD on the 24th of May 2014
Events will be organised locally, under the umbrella of WFMD, to create awareness about open rivers and free fish migration routes. Our aim is to have more than 250 events around the world on WFMD; starting in New Zealand, following the sun and ending as the sun sets on Hawaii. The WFMD will bring global attention for the need for open rivers and free routes for fish migration. It will deliver international press coverage and new fish migration awareness initiatives will be developed.
We encourage organisers to be creative with their events, but here are a few examples of what could be done:
- Field trips, e.g. to rivers, fish passages or sites where dams have been removed
- Citizen science projects
- Celebrating the opening of a new fishway
- River cruises
- Seminar for professionals on fish passage issues
- Workshops/talks for members of the public
What will be done with the results?
- WWF, the Netherlands (NL)
The Nature Conservancy (USA)
IUCN SSC / WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (based in the UK)
Wanningen Water Consult (NL)
LINKit consult (NL)
The project is supported by many organizations, which can be found here.