To migrate or not to migrate: that is NOT the question

Presentation by Craig Paukert, PhD, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at University of Missouri – Columbia

We were joined by University of Missouri professer Craig Paukert, PhD, to explore the issues and solutions for fish migration. World Fish Migration Day is observed on October 24.

Published: October 20, 2020

Craig Paukert - Lake Sturgeon
Our presenter Craig Paukert, PhD, of the Missouri Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Unit, shows off a lake sturgeon his crew has captured to measure, tag and release as part of research studying the migration of these long-lived fish.

Online Presentation by Leader and Cooperative Professor Craig Paukert, PhD, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at University of Missouri – Columbia

Hosted by Missouri River Relief on Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube.
Streaming sponsored by Rivermiles, the folks that bring you the MR340

Original Presentation was Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Watch this Presentation on YouTube

This presentation was part of a week of events promoting World Fish Migration Day. Migration is part of the natural life cycle of many of our freshwater riverine fish. Here in the Missouri River watershed, many fish including sturgeon, catfish, eels and many more will move hundreds of miles during a year to find spawning habitat and food.

With increased human impact on our river systems, from dams to pollution to habitat loss, how are these migrations affected and how can we mitigate for that?

We were joined by University of Missouri professer Craig Paukert, PhD, to explore the issues and solutions for fish migration. World Fish Migration Day is observed on October 24.

Paukert is the Unit Leader of the Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Cooperative Professor in the School of Natural Resources at MU.

World Fish Migration Day
October 24 is World Fish Migration Day, exploring and celebrating the connection between healthy rivers and the movement of riverine fish. Find out more – www.worldfishmigrationday.com/

“Love Flows” Documentary

This documentary explores issues and solutions impacting fish migration in our world’s rivers. (34 min.)

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