Yes. Fish ladders are crucial in maintaining fish habitats and keeping populations healthy while still serving the needs of humans. When dams are built and no fish ladders are constructed to enable fish to travel beyond the dam, the fish are likely eventually die. Although having no dams at all is obviously most ideal for fish, properly constructed dams and fish ladders ensure that fish can travel over or through dams without much difficulty. Fish ladders vary in design, depending on the size and location of the dam, the speed that the water travels, and the specific types of fish that inhabit the area.
See the Department of Natural Resource’s article below for some interesting information about the necessity and design of fish ladders.
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