Global awareness & networks to open-up rivers
Presentation by Herman Wanningen at the AFS Annual meeting Atlantic City (USA) on 20-23 August, 2018.
Summary: World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day, international event that is held every other year to foster worldwide awareness of migratory fish and their need for free flowing rivers. It's an opportunity for organizations (local to global) to collaborate and to call attention to threats and opportunities for protection and restoration. The ambition is to connect fish, rivers and people. The third edition was held April 2018 with over 570 local and regional events organized and with over 1000 organizations involved. The WFMD is coordinated by the World Fish Migration Foundation and it is supported by 100 organizations. The founding partners of WFMD are The Nature Conservancy and WWF.
As part of the WFMD 2018 celebrations the World Fish Migration Foundation launched the new From Sea to Source book 2.0. This international book highlights the theme 'fish migration' from different perspectives (fish species, policy, communication, solutions, monitoring, free flowing rivers/dam removal, education/outreach). The FSTS book gives insight in how experts around the world deal with fish passage and river connectivity issues. We intent to inspire river managers, engineers, fish ecologists, NGO's, etc, and to contribute positively to the fish passage and dam debate worldwide.
added: 19 June 2018