What is World Fish Migration Day?
World Fish Migration Day is a one-day global celebration to create awareness of open rivers and migratory fish. This international day of events is coordinated by the World Fish Migration Foundation . On World Fish Migration Day, organizations from around the world coordinate their own event around the common theme of: CONNECTING FISH, RIVERS AND PEOPLE. And this year we want to make it all about love.
Love is expressed in many forms. Even fish display some forms of love! In fact, we have more in common with fish than we think. Love helps us in our goal of connecting fish, rivers and people. So, let's celebrate the global love we have for our fish and rivers. By working together we create a greater driving force to raise awareness, share ideas and secure commitments. Love flows!
What is a Migratory Fish?
Migratory fishes are fishes that swim short or long distances daily, yearly or annually, as a way to complete their life cycle, feed and / or make love! Some migratory fishes migrate up and down rivers, others between rivers and oceans, and others across the oceans. Some migratory fish species you may know? Salmon migrate up rivers as adults to spawn in the same river they were born. On the flipside, freshwater eels are born in the ocean but migrate epic distances to carry their lives in rivers. Bullsharks migrate up rivers and back through the oceans to breed and feed! And there are many more examples of migratory fishes! Check out our downloads page for some cool fish fact sheets! Learn about their migratory routes and about some species you may have never even heard of!
Why celebrate World Fish Migration Day?
Many migratory fish species are critically endangered or threatened. The main causes are man-made barriers, weirs and sluices, which disrupt the natural flow of rivers and prevent their usual migratory routes. Many fish need to migrate to reproduce, feed and complete their life cycles. Migratory fish are a crucial link in the food chain and play an important role in creating healthy and productive river systems. Furthermore, they provide an important food supply and livelihood for millions of people around the world. They are ecologically, culturally, economically, and recreationally important!
Because of this, we need to ensure the survival of these species for generations to come. But many times, fishes do not receive the proper attention they deserve. For this reason, it is important we raise awareness about the plight of migratory fishes.
Goals of World Fish Migration Day
Creating awareness is an essential first step to make real change. The main goal of World Fish Migration Day is to improve the public's understanding of the importance of migratory fish, and that we have to avoid or avoid impacts. The next step is to enable citizens on the world to take action on these topics. Ultimately, we aim to create sustainable commitments from NGOs, governments and industry on safeguarding free rivers and restoring swimways or migratory fish.