Dear Word Fish Migration Day colleagues,
We would like to share specially with our WFMD present and past participants this important news beforehand. Tomorrow on July 28th at 00:01 European Central Time we will be releasing the first-ever Living Planet Index for Migratory Freshwater Fish (please note that the link won’t be activated until 00:01 CEST of July 28th but we wanted to let you know before it goes public in a few hours, see attached press released with embargo until July 28th CEST).
Although it is not a surprise for many of you, the figures are shocking. The findings within the report confirm that migratory freshwater fish may be more threatened throughout their range than previously documented. Globally, these populations have declined by 76% on average since 1970. In Europe, populations have declined by 93% and in the Caribbean and Latin America, populations have declined by 84%.
As a global community, we work together to protect and care for these species and our work continues to remain a priority. This is the moment to spread this message and work towards global solutions.
Please note: The link is under embargo until July 28, 2020 00:01 CEST. Here is a link to the report itself and attached you can see the press release, both under embargo until July 28th 00:01 CEST. Please help us spread the message about the report by sharing it or resharing our social messages, or by sending the press release within your communication media of your region after that moment (July 28th 00:01 CEST). Also, feel free to retweet/share our posts as well after this moment. We are using #LPImigratoryfish..
We anticipate that with your support we can show that protecting and restoring rivers, deltas, lakes, wetlands, mangroves and migratory fish populations is part of a bigger and urgent problem worldwide. Thank you to all and each of you.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Roxanne (communication responsible here in CC) or me.
Roxanne and Pao.
Pao Fernández Garrido
Dam removal and fishway specialist
World Fish Migration Foundation
T: (+34) 921 00 20 28 | M: (+34) 666 516 378
Embargoed press release