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SOUTH AFRICA JOINS HANDS WITH THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE FISH MIGRATIONS AND THEIR RIVERS - 21st of May 2016

May 19, 2016

On the 21st of May 2016 many South Africans will be celebrating World Fish Migration Day with the rest of the world. Many regional events have already been planned and we’d like you to participate or set up your own event!

SOUTH AFRICA JOINS HANDS WITH THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE FISH MIGRATIONS AND THEIR RIVERS.

Can you believe that we’ve found sharks in the Kruger National Park! and mullet in Zimbabwe? Eels have crossed from the Limpopo catchment into the Vaal catchment and that yellowfish have migrated up the Thukela River in such great numbers that the river has appeared to be running gold in colour!

Southern Africa boasts an amazing diversity of migratory fishes that carry out annual migrations up and down rivers, from the sea into rivers and back and from rivers into floodplains. People in many parts of southern and South Africa still totally depend on these migrations for food, particularly during the lean crop production periods when the rains start! And these fishes now find themselves totally dependent on us!

Today these migratory fishes find their migration routes cut off by dams, pollution and disturbance to wildlife impacts to name a few.  During this drought when these threats are heightened the stress of many migratory fish populations reaches unsustainable levels and unfortunately we’ve been watching populations disappear from river after river.

But it’s not too late! People from all walks of life are standing up to do something about these charismatic fishes, from the Cape to Kruger stakeholders are standing up to raise the cause of migratory fishes. On the 21st of May 2016 many South Africans will be celebrating World Fish Migration Day with the rest of the world. Many regional events have already been planned and we’d like you to participate or set up your own event!

In KwaZulu-Natal the University of KwaZulu-Natal will be hosting an event at Fountain Hill Estate. If you’re interested please contact us for more information! Make sure you visit http://www.worldfishmigrationday.com and watch these short clips on what our colleagues around the word are doing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRmOu07KKas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N59dWCBRxh8

https://youtu.be/T6rD8shDQxs

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Venue: Fountain Hill Estate (Wartburg Road)

Coordinates: 29. 26 48.72 S / 30.32 45.73 E

Please contact Gordon or Sarah from UKZN at 033 260 5761 or email info@riversoflife.co.za 

 
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