The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD)

The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD)

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With the World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) we intended to raise local attention for endangered worldwide migratory fish, like salmon, sturgeon, giant catfish, dourado and eel. Migratory fish are particularly threatened by barriers such as weirs, dams and sluices, built for water management, hydropower and land drainage.

These fish need free migration routes to survive. Water managers, fishery organizations and NGO’s ought to be restoring fish migration routes in rivers and between rivers and seas, by providing and managing fish friendly sluices and fishway and removing dams and other barriers to help fish on their journey.

During and after the World Fish Migration Day we advocate the hosting of activities for children and parents.

Family-Friendly Activities:

During and after the event, we invite children and parents to participate in activities that promote awareness and appreciation for these incredible fish. Did you know that exotic fish populations can threaten indigenous fish populations? Learn more about the impact of non-native species like bass and trout on our ecosystem.

The Importance of Free Migration Routes:

To survive, migratory fish need unobstructed pathways between rivers and seas. We urge water managers, fishery organizations, and NGOs ought to work together to restore fish migration routes by installing fish-friendly sluices and fishways and removing dams that hinder their journey.

Chemical, Plastic and Governance barriers:

Furthermore, fish in our waters face additional challenges from chemical barriers, including ongoing pollution from wastewater and industrial trade effluent. Moreover, reckless development and densification without proper catchment stormwater planning or implementation pose a constant threat to aquatic creatures, leading to riverine habitat destruction and degradation. This combination of factors exacerbates the struggles of migratory fish, making it even more crucial that we address these issues to ensure their survival.

Plastic pollution:

Exotic fish:

Exotic fish populations abound, and in some cases threaten, indigenous fish populations. Fortunately, most of the exotic fish are best suited to living in the dams where their impact cannot be considered as serious to fish migration. Bass in particular are voracious predators in dams and sometimes in rivers. Trout also thrive in the dams and in the upper reaches of the uMngeni River where their impact is varied and the subject of controversy.

Join the WFMD Movement:

Let’s come together to protect our migratory fish and their habitats.

Additional Details

Name of contact person - Lee Deathe

Country - South Africa

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Date And Time

2024-05-25 @ 10:00 (SAST) to
2024-05-25 @ 16:00 (SAST)

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