What is World Fish Migration Day?
World Fish Migration Day is a one day global celebration to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. This international day of events is coordinated by the World Fish Migration Foundation. On World Fish Migration Day, organizations from around the world coordinate their own event around the common theme of: CONNECTING FISH, RIVERS AND PEOPLE. And this year we want to make it all about love.
Love is expressed in many forms. Even fish experience love! Fish make love (a.k.a spawn) and some fish even take care for their young, just like we do! In fact, we have more in common with fish than we think. Love helps us in our goal of connecting fish, rivers and people. So, let’s celebrate the global love we have for our fish and rivers. By working together we create a greater driving force to raise awareness, share ideas and secure commitments. Love flows!
What is a Migratory Fish?
Migratory fishes are fishes that swim either short or long distances daily, annually or longer, as a way to complete their life cycle, feed and/or make love! Some migratory fishes migrate up and down rivers, others between rivers and oceans, and others across entire oceans. Some migratory fish species you may know? Salmon migrate up rivers as adults to spawn in the same river they were born. On the flipside, freshwater eels are born in the ocean but migrate epic distances to carry out their lives in rivers. Bullsharks migrate up rivers and back through the oceans to breed and feed! And there are many more examples of migratory fishes! Check out our downloads page for more information on important species (coming soon)!
Why celebrate World Fish Migration Day?
Many migratory fish species are critically endangered or threatened. The main causes are man-made obstacles like dams, weirs and sluices, which disrupt the natural flow of rivers and prevent fish from swimming their usual migratory routes. Many fish need to migrate to reproduce, feed and complete their life cycles. Migratory fish are a crucial link in the food chain and play an important role in creating healthy and productive river systems. Furthermore, they provide an important food supply and livelihood for millions of people around the world. They are ecologically, culturally, economically, and recreationally important!
Because of this, we need to ensure the survival of these species for generations to come. But many times, fishes do not receive the proper attention they deserve. For this reason, it is important we raise awareness about the plight of migratory fishes.
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?
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 and #happyfish. Do you want to organize an event?
A team of fishheads!
There is a dedicated 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