Herman Wanningen is founder and creative director of the World Fish Migration Foundation (WFMF). With a strong background in water management and aquatic ecology, he has developed a successful career in fish passage over the past 20 years. He is leading the efforts on developing fish migration visions and policies at a global scale. Herman facilitates and activates communication between the worldwide fish migration expert community, key-decision makers and policy makers. He gives advice on national and international fish passage and river connectivity projects such as the Fish Migration River project (The Netherlands), Dam Removal Europe and AMBER Horizon2020 project. This last project aims to map all barriers in European rivers and to provide management tools.
Herman is known on the international stage for developing the World Fish Migration Day (2014, 2016 and 2018), organizing international conferences and developing fish migration networks. In 2018 over 3000 local and regional organizations organized 570 events in 63 countries. Herman is coordinator and co-author of three international From Sea to Source books on fish migration. He has won an award for his management of the successful Fish Passage conference in 2015 in Groningen. He is manager of the World Fish Migration Day 2020 and recently became Fellow under the Mulago Fund Program.
Gordon Reeves is an emeritus research fish ecologist at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis. He retired in 2018 after more than 35 years of working for the US Forest Service. His expertise is in the freshwater ecology of anadromous salmon and trout, conservation biology of those fish and aquatic aspects of landscape ecology. He has studied the ecology of anadromous salmon and trout in the Pacific Northwest, northern California, Idaho, Alaska, Taiwan, Japan, Russia and New Zealand and published more than 75 papers on the ecology and effects of land management activities on their habitats, conservation plans for them, and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. He led committees that developed and evaluated options for managing federal lands in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and was a member of the NOAA Fisheries Technical Recovery and Biological Review Teams for ESA listed Coho salmon in coastal Oregon. Additionally, he was a member of the panel that reviewed the EPA report on the Pebble Mine in Alaska and was part of a group of scientists who commented on the Corp of Engineers’ Draft Environmental Impacts Statement for this project. He was recently inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of fame for his work on fish conservation.