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21–24 june 2021, virtual

Fish passage 2021

Global Solutions for River Connectivity Issues

join us for fish passage 2021!

Learn from and connect with leading experts from around the world to discuss fish passage engineering and research, dam removal, mapping migratory routes of fish, legislation and much more.

This webinar aims to showcase cutting edge research, celebrate successful projects, discuss challenges and promote networking and knowledge exchange between various sectors. Now is the time to come together as a community to focus on the future of river connectivity. We hope to leave you with a renewed sense of what’s possible for the world’s freshwater ecosystems!

This is a 4 day webinar organized over 4 different time zones. In each 2.5 hour session we will:

  • showcase 12 international invited speakers to present their cutting edge research and work from around the world,
  • visit 12 projects, with live on-location interviews, and
  • host discussion and breakout sessions.

Conference Countdown


Meet the invited speakers

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Dr. Brian Cluer

Fluvial Geomorphologist

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA)


Dr. Anne Shaffer

Marine Biologist, Executive Director

Coastal Watershed Institute (USA)


Dr. Ronaldo Barthem

Tenured Researcher

Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi (Brazil)

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Dr. Céline Hanzen

Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Life Sciences

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa)

Frank Masese

Dr. Frank Masese

Department Head, Fisheries & Aquatic Science

University of Eldoret (Kenya)

Josh royte

Joshua Royte

Senior Conservation Scientist

The Nature Conservancy (USA)

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Dr. Paul Kemp

Professor of Ecological Engineering

University of Southampton (UK)

Ana Silva_Scientific Advisor

Dr. Ana Silva

Researcher Scientist, Department of Aquatic Ecology

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (Norway)

Marq Redeker

Marq Redeker

Business Development Manager / Civil Engineer

CDM Smith (Germany)


Wilco de Bruijne

Managing Partner / Consultant

OAK Consultants (Netherlands)

240713..Photo: Bruce Mercer / Fairfax NZ
Rare species of Whitebait (Giant Kokupu) found in a stream in Donny Park with spawning sites also found.
-Josh Smith (fisheries technician) and Dr Paul Franklin (glasses), (Freshwater Ecologist)

Dr. Paul Franklin

Freshwater Ecologist

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research - NIWA (New Zealand)

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Dr. Stefan Schmutz

Head of Department, Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (Austria)

Important Dates

11 June 2021
Final Program Released
11 June 2021
20 June 2021
Last Day to Register for the webinar
20 June 2021
21 June 2021
Conference Day 1
The Americas | 18:00-20:30 (Central European Time)
21 June 2021
22 June 2021
Conference Day 2
Africa and Asia | 12:00-14:30 (Central European Time)
22 June 2021
23 June 2021
Conference Day 3
Europe | 15:00-17:30 (Central European Time)
23 June 2021
24 June 2021
Conference Day 4
Oceania | 6:00-8:30 (Central European Time)
24 June 2021

special guests

Henk Ovink, Dutch Water Envoy
Official opening live from the Haringvliet Sluice on day 3 (23 June)

Henk Ovink was appointed by the Cabinet of the Netherlands as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs in 2015. As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organisations, the private sector and NGOs to address the world’s pressing water needs and help initiate transformative interventions.

Through his water and economic diplomacy, he connects a close network in the Netherlands with a strong and well maintained international network. He works closely with our Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Representations. The Water Envoy operates across the full spectrum of the water sector and builds lasting relationships with the most important partners, relevant government agencies, knowledge institutions, umbrella organisations, coordinating and representative bodies, businesses, and social organisations. Among the last are the World Bank, United Nations, EU and OECD. He also makes connections with other relevant top sectors such as energy, agriculture, and the creative industry.

hosted by

World Fish Migration Foundation

made possible by

American Fisheries Society Bioengineering Section
Province of Fryslân
Oregon RFID
Advanced Telemetry Systems
Pacific Netting Products
Sigma Eight Inc.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington, USA