Global Swimways: Definitions and Status

  • Nagelkerke, L. (Contributor)
  • Arjan Berkhuysen (Speaker)
  • Kerry Brink (Contributor)
  • Steven J. Cooke (Contributor)
  • Stefanie Deinet (Contributor)
  • Britas Klemens Eriksson (Contributor)
  • William Twardek (Contributor)

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The swimway concept was coined by the World Fish Migration Foundation in analogy to the flyway concept for migratory birds. The flyway concept has been widely studied at different spatial scales and taxonomic levels (ranging from single-species to multi-species migration routes), and knowledge on the extent and status of flyways is increasing fast. Moreover, the concept has become widely used in conservation plans for migratory bird species. The swimway concept could play a similar role in the conservation of migratory fish species. However, despite its communicative and intuitive strengths, the swimway concept, until now, lacks clear definition(s), and it is insufficiently known at what spatial scales, and for which species it is applicable. Moreover, for many fish species around the world even basic biological and environmental information, such as on migratory behaviour and habitat, is lacking. This hampers the applicability of the swimway concept in conservation, and stresses the urgency of the directed collection of data to operationalise it. The existing definitions of the swimway concept, the spatial scales at which it could be applicable, species to include, and research priorities to further develop the swimway concept will be discussed in this presentation.
Period30 Sept 2019
Event titlethe American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society 2019 Joint Annual Conference
Event typeConference
LocationReno, United StatesShow on map