Around the world there are thousands of migratory fish species that migrate upstream and downstream to complete their life cycles. Some spectacular species like salmon, sturgeon, trout, dourada, shad, lamprey, giant catfish and eels migrate thousands of kilometres to spawn. These species are however under tremendous threat and fish stocks are declining rapidly around the world. They are particularly threatened by barriers such as weirs, dams, and sluices, built for water management, hydropower and land drainage.
In an attempt to bring attention to these facts about fish migration and the importance of free flowing rivers, the World Fish Migration Platform was initiated and launched on the first World Fish Migration Day, on 24 May 2014. The extent of what can be done to create awareness and share knowledge was shown with WFMD2014. We were in contact with hundreds of organisations from around the world, who all agreed that there is an urgent need to share knowledge about fish migration and the need for more free flowing rivers. On the day, there were in total 272 events worldwide and over 1000 different organisations were involved or supported WFMD2014. With the amazing outcomes and support for just one event, it made the organisers realise the need for a more permanent platform and thus the creation of the WFMP.
With the WFMP we want to Create Awareness, Share Knowledge and Build Solid Networks on a global scale around the themes of fish migration and free-flowing rivers. We want to inspire people to work together towards the common goal of conserving and restoring migratory fish populations and their habitats. By collaborating, educating and sharing knowledge, we can create a greater driving force, which will ultimately lead to better management, conservation, rehabilitation, higher biodiversity and more sustainable developments.
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The steering committee has a major role in leading, developing and strengthening the work of the Platform. This committee is composed of representatives from the 6 partnering organisations (see below), These members have diverse experience in fish migration, with various backgrounds from private and public sectors, representing conservation, governement and consultants fields. The steering committee members include:
Herman Wanningen, World Fish Migration Foundation
Josh Royte, The Nature Conservancy
Ian Harrison, ICUN, FFSG
Jacques van Alphen, WaterNet
Jeroen van Herk, LinkIt consult
Esther Blom, WWF (The Netherlands)
Hans Roodzand, Waterauthority HHNK
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