The World Fish Migration Day celebrated in the Amur River basin
Under one slogan “Save the rivers for fish and people” the World Fish Migration Day united 20 government, scientific and public organizations from the source to the mouth on both sides of the Amur River.
“The Amur River watershed lies on the territory of Russia, Mongolia and China. Water resources, fish stocks and threats to the river are common for three countries and we should solve them together. Migratory fish is a symbol of river system unity. Rare species are indicators of river ecosystem well-being. It is great that on this day many organizations in the Amur ecoregion drew people’s attention to the idea of preserving the river for migratory and rare inhabitants. River is their home, and many of them cannot survive without support of people,” - says Anna Barma, PhD, coordinator of protected areas program of WWF-Russia Amur branch.
In Russia, the chain of events began in the upper reaches of the Amur River in Zabaikalsky Province, where Sokhondinsky and Dauria Nature Reserves, Alkhanai National Park held a series of public campaigns “River Patrol”, “Clean river - clean banks”, “Save the world of fish – stop the nets!«, lectures “Rivers and fish of Zabaikalye”, ecological quest “Journey of a fish”, ecological campaign “Clean rivers”. Khingansky and Zeisky Nature Reserves, NGO “AmurSEU” and “Bars” nature protection brigade in Amurskaya Province joined the celebration of the World Fish Migration Day. They organized a bright parade along the Amur River, as well as many other interactive activities such as a contest of propaganda teams, a variety of workshops on fish origami, art make-up, an ecological game “In the fish kingdom”, interactive and entertaining game “Safe fishing”, “Fish school”, “Fish big and small”. In Evreiskaya Province Bastak Nature Reserve in the visitor center held a lecture and a quiz “Amur Fish” and the contest of information leaflets. The chain of events continued in ” in Khabarovsky Province where All-Russian Society for Nature Protection, »NEI' nature protection squad and 5 branches of the united Directorate of nature reserves and national park “Zapovednoe Priamurye held a contest of environmental posters “For clean banks of the Amur”, clean coast campaign, ecological quest “Great wanderers”, lectures and workshops for students “Migratory fishes”, “Amur and its wealth”, “The life and death of the salmon”, excursions to the Museum “Amur Fish”, informative and entertaining program “Salmon - fish of the world”, developed an educational program “Lessons of Amur”. The World Fish Migration Day celebration finished in Primorsky Province. Joint Directorate of Lazovsky Nature Reserve and “Zov Tigra” National Park and the Far Eastern Marine Nature Reserve organized interactive classes “River Journey”, a quest “Save the salmon”, a game “Salmon on spawning”. The participants made a fish-amulet on the stone, held tours to the Museum “Nature of the sea and its protection”, and archaeological and ethnographic village “Heritage”, Land of the Leopard National Park organized an excursion to the salmon breeding plant.
Mongolia and China also joined the celebration of the World Fish Migration Day in the Amur basin. WWF Mongolia conducted the workshops for 6 fishermen clubs of the Onon River, where fishermen were lectured about the rules of fishing season. WWF China released a microblog devoted to the holiday, and will hold a seminar for the students of the Forest University in Heilongjiang Province in the middle of June.
“The World Fish Migration Day draws attention to the need to preserve fish diversity. The Amur basin is home to many valuable, rare and endemic species. Their stocks over the past century have been seriously exhausted due to overfishing, pollution, construction of power plants and other factors. These factors negatively affect the rare fish species such as taimen, Amur sturgeon, kaluga and others. According to scientists the number of these species decreases from year to year. And this causes a great concern”. - continues to Anna Barma.