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Come celebrate World Fish Migration Day

May 16, 2014

REGION — On Saturday, May 24, the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will celebrate World Fish Migration Day, part of a one-day global initiative to raise awareness of the importance of open rivers to migratory fish. While most fish are migratory to some degree, some species like salmon, sturgeon, shad, sea lamprey, giant catfish and eel migrate thousands of miles to complete their life cycles. If they can’t migrate, the population will die out.

Join the National Park Service (NPS) for two very different programs. First, a free, guided interpretive canoe trip from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will focus on seeing American shad and other sea-run migratory fish. The trip will cover an easy three-mile section of the Delaware River from Damascus, PA to Milanville, PA. Participation is limited, and paddlers must reserve a spot ahead of time by calling 570/729-7842. Paddlers must provide their own canoes or kayaks. Appropriate layered clothing for the weather, a hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, plenty of water and wading shoes are recommended. Life jackets are required.

A free program on the health of Delaware River migratory fish will be presented at 7 p.m. by Jerre Mohler, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee who served as the Delaware River Fisheries coordinator. Join park staff at the NPS Milanville, PA office at 1152 River Rd.

For general information visit www.worldfishmigrationday.com. For more information about either program described above, call 570/729-7842.