The free rivers that unite us

The free rivers that unite us

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On Monday, 27 May 2024 MedINA organized a webinar to celebrate World Fish Migration Day, named “The free rivers that unite us”.

The webinar was moderated by Fanoikos Sakellarakis, MedINA Biodiversity and Ecosystems Expert and hosted four presentations. During the first presentation, we followed the fascinating journey of eels from the Sargasso Sea to European rivers narrated by Louis Vardakas, an inland fish ecology expert and then we found out about the Dam Removal movement in Europe by Dr Foivos Mouchlianitis, biologist-ichthyologist and associate of the WFMF. Next, we explored the situation in Greece on river barriers and river connectivity by MedINA associate Eirini Lyratzaki, project manager of the Dam Removal project in Greece and finally we discovered one of Europe’s last free rivers, the Aoos/Vjosa River, which connects Greece and Albania and learnt about the importance of keeping our rivers free of obstacles for both fish and people.

The webinar was attended by 25 people that participated actively in the discussion that followed the presentations.