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The Clanwilliam sandfish is South Africa’s most threatened migratory freshwater fish, and an ambassador for healthy, free-flowing river. It was one widely distributed in the Olifants-Doring River basin in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. Water abstraction, dams, habitat degradation and invasive species have driven the sandfish to the edge of extinction, and it is now confined to the Doring River (that flows through the Tank Karoo) and a handful of tributaries.The Freshwater Research Centre (NPO in South Africa) launched the collaborative Saving Sandfish project in 2019 which is working to prevent sandfish from extinction and restore critical sandfish habitat so that it can once again thrive. This event involves the creation of five large, movable sandfish artworks that will be exhibited at AfrikaBurn – a creative arts festival located in the heart of the Tankwa Karoo. The sandfish will be hoisted up above the ground using harnesses and poles, and ‘migrated’ through the festival at sunset every evening for a week to raise awareness around the plight of threatened migratory fish and support for the conservation of healthy free-flowing rivers. 

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Name of contact person - Jeremy Shelton

Country - South Africa

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2024-04-29 to

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