Location

UMass Amherst

Event Website

http://fishpassage.ecs.umass.edu/Conference2012/

Start Date

5-6-2012 1:30 PM

End Date

5-6-2012 1:50 PM

Description

Free migration of fish is necessary to achieve healthy fish stocks. Several species, including salmon, sea trout, sturgeon and eel, migrate between the sea and rivers. These species are particularly threatened by barriers such as weirs, dams and sluices, built for water management, hydropower and land drainage. Water and nature managers in Europe have been improving the situation with fish passes and by-pass channels around barriers, to help fish on their journey. An essential aspect of working on fish passage issues is raising awareness and creating commitment within communities in the different river basins. By creating commitment on all levels of the communities and stakeholders measures can be carried out more efficiently and financial opportunity can be maximised. The Fish Migration Day is a new concept to achieve greater understanding and community involvement (including children and parents). The first Fish Migration Day was held on the 14th of May 2011. The event was organized by the Living North Sea Project, which is funded by the European Union. On more than 25 locations in 7 countries in the North Sea Region interested children and parents could learn about a variety of topics, including: different species of fish, fish passage solutions, water and nature management issues, fisheries, research, aquatic insects and could play the Eel Game (www.elyeel.eu). At the end of the day 5000 persons had visited the event and it turned out to be a big success. The idea is to organize a follow up worldwide in 2013/2014. The presentation will highlight the goals, activities and results of the Fish Migration Day and will give an insight in the plans for World Fish Migration Day in 2013/2014.

Comments

Herman Wanningen is an aquatic ecologist with more than 15 years experience in freshwater ecology and operational water management. In the Netherlands he has worked for the regional Water Authority Hunze and Aa's on river and lake restoration projects. He developed fish migration visions and policies and gave advice on implementing different fishway techniques. In 2007 Herman started Wanningen Water Consult. Since then he gives advice on national and international projects dealing with the theme fish migration and river connectivity.

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Jun 5th, 1:30 PM Jun 5th, 1:50 PM

Session A2 - Fish Migration Day

UMass Amherst

Free migration of fish is necessary to achieve healthy fish stocks. Several species, including salmon, sea trout, sturgeon and eel, migrate between the sea and rivers. These species are particularly threatened by barriers such as weirs, dams and sluices, built for water management, hydropower and land drainage. Water and nature managers in Europe have been improving the situation with fish passes and by-pass channels around barriers, to help fish on their journey. An essential aspect of working on fish passage issues is raising awareness and creating commitment within communities in the different river basins. By creating commitment on all levels of the communities and stakeholders measures can be carried out more efficiently and financial opportunity can be maximised. The Fish Migration Day is a new concept to achieve greater understanding and community involvement (including children and parents). The first Fish Migration Day was held on the 14th of May 2011. The event was organized by the Living North Sea Project, which is funded by the European Union. On more than 25 locations in 7 countries in the North Sea Region interested children and parents could learn about a variety of topics, including: different species of fish, fish passage solutions, water and nature management issues, fisheries, research, aquatic insects and could play the Eel Game (www.elyeel.eu). At the end of the day 5000 persons had visited the event and it turned out to be a big success. The idea is to organize a follow up worldwide in 2013/2014. The presentation will highlight the goals, activities and results of the Fish Migration Day and will give an insight in the plans for World Fish Migration Day in 2013/2014.

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