We all work together to have healthy and happy migratory fish that are able to move freely in rivers and between sea and rivers. To celebrate this, we have launched a Happy Fish campaign in celebration of World Rivers Day
on September 24. For this campaign we are developing new materials and invitations, which we hope that you all can use during your event and communication about WFMD. Check out our website for some of the new promotional materials and the new happy fish icons on our worldfishmigrationday map
. We are also looking forward to WFMD video's from global stars, like Jeremy Wade (River Monsters, Discovery Channel) and Zeb Hogan (Monster Fish, NatGeoWild), who can help us reach out to the public and to colleagues working on fish migration to join the celebration on 21 April, 2018.
We are proud to have 15 new supporters including various sturgeon societies (WCSC, ISS8) , Salmon societies (NASCO, International Year of the Salmon, Wild Salmon Centre, Salmon and trout conservation), Centre for ecology and hydrology, European Rivers Network, Fishes journal, Taimen Fund amongst other organizations. With these supporters, we now have a group of more than 65 organizations actively supporting us and helping us spread the word. In addition to this, organizations such as the US Fish and Wildlife Services (USA), Wonders of the Mekong (South East Asia), Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (Bolivia) are all working hard to coordinate various events in their respective regions.
We hope that you have started thinking about hosting a new event. Using WFMD to tell your story, can ultimately make a global impact to creating awareness about the issues of fish migration on a global scale and reaching decision makers and governments.
Here are some great examples of events already planned. You will see that events can be very small, even simply just visiting your children’s class to tell them about what you are working on is a great event.
- Visit to a fishway observation window at Lahnfenster Hessen in Germany
- School talks in Bolivia by Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
- 4 river visits in Wales
- Canoe trips in USA
- Connecting to Interreg, EU Funded projects, such as Amber in Europe
- Technical workshop in New Zealand by NZ Fish Passage Advisory Group
- Webinar in Africa
There are about 160 events already planned and we are hoping to get a lot more! Currently we only have 42 events registered online and we need your help to fill the map with even more events:
If you are planning an event, please show everybody you are planning to join the celebration! Quickly register your participation online and fill in the event details you know already, or leave “coming soon” for everything you have not figured out yet. Uploading your event is half as important as the event itself. If we all upload ours, we’ll be amazed by all the events planned around the world! It also helps us get the word out about your activities, when we present at conferences, workshops, news articles in magazines, press etc.