Once upon a time, massive fish migrations were observed every year around the globe. Civilizations and wildlife revolved around these natural wonders and depended on them for survival. For millennia, we have relied on rivers as a source of food, recreation and energy. Unfortunately, many of these natural, free-flowing rivers have deteriorated as generations pass. 'Love Flows' brings to life the challenges that voiceless rivers and fishes face against threats but more importantly, what we are doing to help improve the situation. It captures the growing passion of thousands of people from across the globe that join together to celebrate their love and work for rivers and fishes.
One of the biggest threats to healthy rivers are dams. Dams block the flow of rivers, the passage of fish, and interrupt the health and ecology of our freshwater systems. These barriers have massive effects on the survival of migratory fish but the tide is turning, and we are starting to bring these rivers and fish populations back. Now, citizens around the world are becoming activated to help restore these rivers that are the life sources of our planet.
On April 21, 2018, the World Fish Migration Foundation organized its third biennial World Fish Migration Day. On this day, over 3000 organizations around the world joined together in solidarity to celebrate migratory fish and healthy rivers, educate others about them and embark on the journey to save them. World Fish Migration Day sheds light on the importance of free-flowing rivers for local cultures, livelihoods and happiness and how we can all work together to make a better future for our rivers and places around them.
The documentary 'Love Flows' captures the stories of a few of the events from World Fish Migration Day 2018 through the narration of Joshua Royte, a conservation scientist for The Nature Conservancy. It highlights our evolved understanding of the impacts of dams and the people who are working to make positive differences for rivers. This documentary aims to give these fish and the rivers they depend on a voice by showcasing the celebrations, knowledge, and great visions we have for our rivers.
We hope this movie inspires even more people to take part in the next World Fish Migration Day and who knows ... maybe your river can be featured in the next documentary!
Watch the trailer for the documentary on our youtube channel .
Someone once said that, "To see the salmon run is like looking into the veins of the earth". Red, determined, to reach their complete destiny to lay their eggs, with their life's journey complete, to that. We humans, carefully put our ears carefully and listen deeply. What you will hear is the beautiful necessity of the system we depend on the moment of our birth and our breath. This film is a telegram that reminds us of the obvious but discarded fact; beauty as a value, the health of the earth is the base of everything we hope we will do in this lifetime.
Co-founder and President of Tompkins Conservation
Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year 2017 Nominee
November 19, 2018 Sneak Preview, Dutch Embassy, Washington DC
December 2-4, 2018 Masheer Conference, Bhutan
March 12-13, 2019 Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Forum, Canada
March 19, 2019 DC Environmental Film Festival in honor of World Water Day in Washington DC
March 28-29, 2019 Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Workshop, Canada
April 17, 2019 INFISH Global meeting
April 23, 2019 Groninger Forum, Netherlands
May 31- June 5, 2019 CinemAmbiente, Italy
May 23, 2019 Dam Removal Seminar, Estonia
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