World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is celebrated to raise local and global attention to the need for freshwater migratory fish and open rivers for the general public and other related issues.
Around the world, many migratory fish species are severely threatened. The main causes of the threat are connected to natural and man-made complications like dams, weirs, and sluices. Some noxious weed infestations like water hyacinth which disrupt the natural flow of rivers and prevent fish migration can also damage the fish population. Many fish need to migrate to reproduce, feed and complete their life cycles. Migratory species make up a crucial link in the food chain and play an important ecological role in productive river systems. Furthermore, they provide an important food supply and livelihood for millions of people around the world.
As part of this local global event, the University of Gondar in collaboration with other universities celebrated the day at Gondar zuriya with the theme of “protect the unique Labeobarbus Spp. of Lake Tana from the threats of water hyacinth.”
By Destaw Wagnew
Editor Samuel Malede
Public and International Relations Directorate