Innovation: worldwide solution


The Fish Migration River Afsluitdijk is a typical specimen of Dutch delta-technology, which embodies building for- and alongside nature. At the same time, it serves as an innovative solution that not only makes fish, but all other species happy. Therefore, it is not a surprise that the project has begun to draw major international attention, even before any construction has begun.

The Fish Migration River Afsluitdijk is a symbol for a major change in thinking with regard to the relationship between hydraulic technology and ecology. This project will implement expertise and passion in the field of hydraulic technology- and management with the ultimate goal of restoring nature, instead of blocking and destroying it. Internationally, the project is of major significance, because there are many places in the world today, where this innovative approach can offer solutions to existing problems.

Worldwide attention

This can vary between purely technical interest to the principle of creating more natural fish passage solutions, downstream passage routes, solutions for flow recovery, dam removal or more generic solutions for climate change plus a number of other ecological- and social issues concerning water separation. From all over the world, interested parties are contacting us for more information on this type of fish passage solution and fish migration.

Salt- and freshwater transitions

The Fish Migration River Afsluitdijk helps the Netherlands to meet the terms of international agreements made with the European Union, regarding nature in the IJsselmeer- and Wadden Sea regions. The restoration of salt- to freshwater transitions is a core task of the Wadden Sea Natura 2000-area. Natura 2000 also dictates that certain populations of migratory fish must be restored. Through the Fish Migration River Afsluitdijk project, the Netherlands can meet international commitments in the area of free fish migration. Everywhere upstream in Europe, initiatives are taking place to enhance possibilities for migratory fish passage within the framework of these agreements. But only when the Netherlands opens the ‘sluice’ for these fish populations, can these measures reach their full potential.