Fish Migration

With more than half the country at or below sea level, the Netherlands is heavily dependable on dams, dikes and other flood management defenses. But whilst the defenses effectively reduce the threat of flooding, they often have a detrimental impact on the free movement of migrating fish. Some species like salmon, sturgeon, trout, dourada, shad, lamprey, giant catfish and eel migrate thousands of kilometers to complete their life cycles. If they can’t migrate, the population will eventually die out.

Did you know?

You can also help migrating fish. Every 2 years there is a world fish migration day, which focuses on the problems migrating fish endure. In the Netherlands you can help guide the fish through flood defenses.

With more than half the country at or below sea level, the Netherlands is heavily dependable on dams, dikes and other flood management defenses. But whilst the defenses effectively reduce the threat of flooding, they often have a detrimental impact on the free movement of migrating fish. Some species like salmon, sturgeon, trout, dourada, shad, lamprey, giant catfish and eel migrate thousands of kilometers to complete their life cycles. If they can’t migrate, the population will eventually die out.

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With more than half the country at or below sea level, the Netherlands is heavily dependable on dams, dikes and other flood management defenses. But whilst the defenses effectively reduce the threat of flooding, they often have a detrimental impact on the free movement of migrating fish. Some species like salmon, sturgeon, trout, dourada, shad, lamprey, giant catfish and eel migrate thousands of kilometers to complete their life cycles. If they can’t migrate, the population will eventually die out.

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Did you know?

You can also help migrating fish. Every 2 years there is a world fish migration day, which focuses on the problems migrating fish endure. In the Netherlands you can help guide the fish through flood defenses.

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Did you know?

You can also help migrating fish. Every 2 years there is a world fish migration day, which focuses on the problems migrating fish endure. In the Netherlands you can help guide the fish through flood defenses.

Show previous slide
Show next slide