A swarm of juvenile Sterlet found by WWF Bulgaria experts during a monitoring expedition

Such unusual gathering of juvenile sturgeon is caused by a destroyed river ecosystem in the region. During a planned monitoring expedition, part of “LIE for Danube Sturgeons” project, the WWF Bulgaria team of experts registered 100 young Sterlet, found close to the village of Vetren, on the Bulgarian part of the Danube river. “The unusual […]
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WWF participated at a high level European Sturgeon conference in Vienna

A Sturgeon conference under the Austrian EU Presidency took place in Vienna on 9 and 10 July. High-ranking experts from the European Union (EU) and neighbouring countries met in Vienna to discuss the transnational protection of sturgeon species in the Danube River. The event was organised jointly by the International Commission for the Protection of […]
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Fishermen and conservationists united for a five-year ban on fishing Sterlet in Serbia

Scientists, activists and fishermen have joined forces to save the endangered wild Sterlet in Serbia. WWF Serbia, the United Anglers of Serbia, the Association of Commercial Fishermen of Serbia, supported by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), have signed a letter to the Ministry of Environmental Protection requesting a temporary five-year ban on fishing […]
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A two-year ban on fishing Sterlet is a big step in the right direction for Serbia

In contrast to the protected status of Sterlet in other states in the Lower Danube region, where catching wild sturgeon is strictly prohibited, fishing Sterlet in the Republic of Serbia was allowed. The rest of the endangered Danube sturgeon species are already under legal protection in Serbia. Recently the public enterprise “Srbijašume” has banned for […]
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“Saving Danube Sturgeons” wins LIFE Award as a Finalist in the category “Nature and Biodiversity”

In May, during the EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, presented the LIFE Awards to a selection of outstanding LIFE projects. Our project “Joint actions to raise awareness on overexploitation of Danube sturgeons in Romania and Bulgaria”, or “Saving Danube […]
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Rare Russian Sturgeon caught and safely released into the Danube brings new hopes

On June 5, Rosen Bonov, a fisherman from the Bulgarian town of Belene on the Danube river, contacted our WWF team with the news that a young sturgeon has been caught in his nets. The species was identified as Russian Sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii), probably hatched last year. Our WWF Bulgarian team of sturgeon experts measured […]
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Actionez.ro: online platform to help save Danube sturgeons

WWF-Romania celebrates the World Environment Day on June 5 by launching the actionez.ro platform. The online alert system will facilitate the efforts of engaged citizens to save sturgeons and other important parts of nature and will enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies to deal with environmental issues. Citizens who have information about cases of […]
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130 kg of Critically Endangered Sturgeon Caught in Ukraine

Vylkove – State Fisheries Agency of Ukraine reported that a minibus with nearly two tons of illegal fish, including 130 kg of critically endangered Russian and Stellate Sturgeon, was detained near Vylkove by the Border Police detachment together with the newly reformed Odessa Fish Patrol of the State Fisheries Agency and the Police. Both sturgeon […]
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Successful Sturgeon Projects Presented to More Than 500 Potential LIFE Applicants

  On the 31st of May, Jutta Jahrl, currently Project Manager of “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons’’ was given the opportunity to present two LIFE funded WWF projects with focus on sturgeon: “Joint actions to raise awareness on overexploitation of Danube sturgeons in Romania and Bulgaria” (2012-2015) and the follow-up “Sustainable protection of lower Danube sturgeons […]
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LIFE Programme: Celebrating 25 Years of Support for the European Nature

Brussels – The EU celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Programme and of the Habitats Directive with events held throughout the months of May and June. All ongoing LIFE-funded projects were invited to host an open day where to communicate the importance of both instruments, raise awareness about the EU nature legal measures and programmes and celebrate […]
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LIFE for Danube Sturgeons Brings New Hope for Survival of These Unique Fish

Sturgeons are the most endangered fish worldwide, with few natural habitats left for them to call home. To enable the conservation of these precious fish in the Lower Danube and North-Western Black Sea, a new project has just been started with financial support by LIFE, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The project area […]
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