The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day global-local event to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. The next World Fish Migration Day is on April 21, 2018.
World Fish Migration Day 2016 was a great succes. On the Kick-off celebration in Washington DC New Zealand officially started the celebrations with a movie of activities in their region. In total 450 events were organised in 63 countries by some 2000 participating organisations. The WFMD team along with the help of 63 supporting organisations and participants ensured extensive coverage in media and on social media. Media outings included articles in national newspapers and on internet as well as items on several radio and television programs.
Particpating organisations hosted a variety of events, varying from kayak trips and boats trips to dam removals, openings of fishways, school trips, conferences, and many more. These attracted large numbers of visitors.
The participating organisations made a large number of photo's and video's. You can get an impression of the events below.
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Migratory fish all over the world depend on free flowing rivers. Today, river barriers like dams, sluices and many other obstacles threaten many fish species' survival. Free flowing rivers, that allow fish to travel upriver, increase fish populations in the river and assure healthy river life.