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21–24 june 2021, virtual

Fish passage 2021

Global Solutions for River Connectivity Issues

Thank you for joining us at fish passage 2021!

We hope you learned from and connected 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 aimed 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 FP2021 left you with a renewed sense of what’s possible for the world’s freshwater ecosystems!

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

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

Conference Countdown


mark your calendars early for fish passage 2022

Save the Date! PNNL, located next to the last free flowing stretch of the Columbia, will host the International Conference on River Connectivity from June 13–16, 2022. Join us as we explore innovation for next-generation fish passage technology. See advanced research being done in the laboratory and technology being tested in nearby rivers. The conference will focus on global innovations in upstream and downstream fish passage.

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FP2021 special guests

Avine Fokkens-Kelder, Deputy of the Province Fryslan
Official opening live from the Fish Migration River (The Netherlands) on day 1 (21 June)

Avine Fokkens-Kelder is a member of the Provincial Executive of Fryslân (the Netherlands). Within her broad portfolio, she is engaged in traffic & infrastructure, including De Afsluitdijk, and tourism. The Fish Migration River is one of her best projects. “The Netherlands is great at water management. This is another striking example. Fish moving from salt to fresh and from fresh to salt water through an extremely inventive river. At this iconic site, the Netherlands is showing that there are solutions where safety, preservation of fresh and salt water and nature restoration go hand in hand.”

Henk Ovink, Dutch Water Envoy
Official opening live from the Haringvliet Sluice (The Netherlands) 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.

Meet the Fp2021 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)

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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)


Karma Wangchuk

Fish Biologist

National Research & Development Centre For Riverine & Lake Fisheries, Bhutan

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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)

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 (UTC+2)
21 June 2021
22 June 2021
Conference Day 2
Africa and Asia | 12:00-14:30 (UTC+2)
22 June 2021
23 June 2021
Conference Day 3
Europe | 15:00-17:30 (UTC+2)
23 June 2021
24 June 2021
Conference Day 4
Oceania | 6:00-8:30 (UTC+2)
24 June 2021

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.