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World Fish Migration Day Celebrates Conservation Actions that Benefit Migratory Fish Species

April 2018

A one day global-local event to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.

Whether long-distance swimmers or not, all fish have something in common. They need to migrate or move to get to habitats where they can spawn, feed, find shelter and escape extreme temperatures or too high or low water flows.

Unfortunately, many fish can’t complete their migration because of barriers to fish passage – like dams, road culverts, low water levels and levees. More than 6 million barriers in the U.S. alone keep fish from reaching their travel destinations.

Where you can find more information.

WFMD 2018 News Release

World Fish Migration Day

National Fish Passage Program

Migration Station

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Herding Asian carp in St. Louis, Missouri

April 2018

Thousands of invasive silver carp were removed from Creve Coeur Lake.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation
photo of invasive silver carp removed from Creve Coeur lake

We’ve heard of herding cats, but fish? In a recent fishing exercise at Creve Coeur Lake, our biologists worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Geological Survey and the St. Louis County Parks Department to remove 47,000 Asian carp from the lake. Partners used a Chinese “fish herding” technique to capture thousands of these unwanted fish.

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A War in the Water as Asian Carp Threaten Southeast


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Of Herring and Humans, A Restored Mill River Benefits Both

April 2018

Alewife Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program
photo of Alewife fishing swimming

The removal of the West Britannia Dam in Taunton, Mass allowed the river to flow freely from Lake Sabbatia to the Taunton River four miles away. The removal of the dam in January 2018 was a relief for Taunton residents, who have lived with the specter of dam failures for decades, as structures that once harnessed the river’s power fell into disrepair. It’s also good news for river herring, which can swim from Narragansett Bay to their spawning grounds above Lake Sabbatia for the first time in centuries.

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Conservation Connect LIVE: The Sturgeon General

March 2018

Sturgeon swimming. Credit: USFWS
photo of a swimming sturgeon

Prehistoric fish? What! Sturgeons predate many fish species, appearing in the fossil record approximately 200 million years ago. Please join Conservation Connect and Gavin's Point National Fish Hatchery on March 15, 2018 to learn more about these dinosaurs in the deep.

Conservation Connect is a web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). Their goal is to connect a new generation of conservationists, ages 8-16, with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers. Conservation Connect is available to youth groups, schools, homeschoolers, nature centers, and other educational programs throughout the country, free of charge.

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Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery


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Without a Paddlefish!

January 2018

A snapshot of a swimming paddlefish.
Photo Credit: Hagerty Ryan/USFWS

a paddleshish swimming underwater

Join the next LIVE Conservation Connect broadcast on Thursday, January 18, 2 p.m. Eastern, for a special featuring an odd and primitive creature, the paddlefish. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions to a fisheries biologist!

Conservation Connect is a web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). Their goal is to connect a new generation of conservationists, ages 8-16, with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers. Conservation Connect is available to youth groups, schools, homeschoolers, nature centers, and other educational programs throughout the country, free of charge.

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Last updated: April 20, 2018