fish ladder

noun

Definition of fish ladder

: a series of pools arranged like steps by which fish can pass over a dam in going upstream

Examples of fish ladder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kids, teenagers and adults watched the release as harlequin ducks swam to the edge of the fish ladder, hoping to catch an afternoon snack. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 This can mean anything from providing accommodation for bats or building a fish ladder for the Atlantic salmon swimming through the River Boyne on site. Theresa Christine, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Ice Harbor Dam is about 100 feet high, with two fish ladders and a bypass route for juvenile fish heading to the ocean. Bill Weir And Rachel Clarke, CNN, 22 Oct. 2019 Two huge fish ladders girded with thick bars brace the powerhouse. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019 Since the last of the dams was constructed in the 1970s, billions have been spent on salmon recovery — establishing hatcheries, constructing fish ladders and implementing other habitat restorations initiatives. oregonlive, 29 Feb. 2020 This dam, which was constructed without a fish ladder or bypass, cut off the paddlefish from their only spawning grounds upstream, which had only been discovered in the late 1970s. National Geographic, 8 Jan. 2020 Children watch a salmon head into a fish ladder at Bonneville Dam. Bill Weir And Rachel Clarke, CNN, 22 Oct. 2019 More and better fish ladders, detours that allow fish to pass safely through the dams in ascending pools, were built. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of fish ladder

1864, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2021

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“Fish ladder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fish%20ladder. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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