Herman Wanningen is founder of World Fish Migration Foundation (WFMF). With a strong background in water management and aquatic ecology, Herman has developed a successful career in fish passage over the past 20 years. He is leading the efforts on developing fish migration visions and policies at a global scale. As director Development and Strategy of the WFMF, Herman facilitates and activates communication between the worldwide fish migration expert community and key-decision makers and policy makers. He gives advice on national and international fish passage and river connectivity projects such as the Fish Migration River project (The Netherlands), Dam Removal Europe and AMBER Horizon2020 project. This last project aims to map all barriers in European rivers and to provide management tools.
Herman is known on the international stage for developing the World Fish Migration Day (2014, 2016 and 2018), organizing international conferences and developing fish migration networks. Herman is coordinator and co-author of three international From Sea to Source books on fish migration. He has won an award for his management of the successful Fish Passage conference in 2015 in Groningen. He is manager of the World Fish Migration Day 2018. On April 21 over 2500 local and regional organizations organized 550 events in 63 countries.