Gateway to the Rhine open for salmon


Haringvliet Dam  –  Photo Guy Warzée

Today the Netherlands is celebrating the opening of the storm surge barrier on the Haringvliet. That is where one of the three branches of the Rhine flows out into the North Sea. Until now, the storm surge barrier was a major obstacle to the passage of salmon into the Rhine delta. Its partial opening greatly increases the chance that salmon
and other “long distance migratory fish” will gain access to the Rhine catchment area.

Following the partial opening of the Haringvliet locks and a appealby the EU, major pressure from Europeenvironmental NGOs expect increased political pressure on France on the measures long-since agreed upon, to implement free-flow of the Rhine.

Read our press release


Visit to the fish passes on the Rhine

From Thursday 30 November to Friday 1 December, the ERN team travelled down the Rhine to see the progress of the fish passes under construction