200 kg Beluga released from poachers’ hook lines by the Romanian Police

The Romanian Police officers of the “Danube Delta” Police Service rescued and released back into its natural habitat a 200 kg Beluga (Huso huso), that had been illegally captured. “The sturgeon was found on Saturday, 28th September 2019, in the Black Sea, between the St. George and Perisor Danube arms, wrapped up in 500 carmaci. On […]
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Second Edition of the „Active Youth Club for the Danube and Sturgeons” Academy Was Held in Tulcea

For second consecutive year, WWF Romania gathered middle and high school students along with their teachers to review the past year successes and challenges and to prepare for the activities planned by Active Youth Club for the Danube and Sturgeons in the new school year. The event took place in Tulcea, Romania, in mid-August, and […]
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WWF-Ukraine Sturgeon Watchers Patrolling the Danube Delta Again This Summer

While patrolling down the river the team helped check fish catches. Three out of ten catches included sturgeons. WWF-Ukraine organised its third successful Sturgeon Watch mission 24 June – 6 July, this year, in the Vilkovo District (Odessa Region). Ten motivated, passionate volunteers were chosen from among 96 applicants from all over Ukraine to join the WWF team […]
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The Released Russian Sturgeons Reach Romanian Waters

Two months after the release of the Russian Sturgeons at Belene (Bulgaria) and a month after the first report on their movement, a juvenile sturgeon was caught in the Romanian part of the Danube river, reported WWF Romania on 25th August 2019. Tudor Ionescu, from the Sturgeons Research and Development Center of Galati University, was […]
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First Reports on the Released Russian Sturgeons

WWF’s release of more than 20 000 little sturgeons into the Danube a month ago is undoubtedly a promising conservation activity, aimed at boosting the number of the declining populations of Russian Sturgeons in the lower part of the river. In Bulgaria – where financial resources available to environmentalists and scientists are very limited, the […]
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WWF celebrates the Danube Day with its younger supporters

This year’s Danube Day was celebrated with a number of kids events spread throughout the entire month of June, starting with the Serbian Republican Water Directorate’s festival in Zemun Quay, Belgrade, that took place on the 15th of June. Two weeks later, on 29th June, WWF Ukraine held a games event in the town of […]
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2019 Danube Day celebrated with the first Nature Triathlon “Free Danube”

Ruse, Bulgaria, 29th June 2019 – Nearly 70 participants – residents and visitors of the city of Ruse, took part in the first Nature Triathlon “Free Danube”, organised by WWF Bulgaria, in celebration of this year’s Danube Day. The hot weather in the first days of summer did not affect the participants’ enthusiasm and they […]
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New Sturgeon Center Established in Negotin (Serbia)

Negotin, May 21st – WWF Adria celebrated the opening of a new Sturgeon Center in Negotin alongside local partners. Founding a new conservation hub is seen as a great step towards better engagement of the local community, not only in the activities of the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” project, but in the process of creating […]
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WWF releases more than 20,000 young Russian Sturgeons in the Danube

Belene, 11-12 June, 2019 – More than 20,000 baby Russian sturgeons (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) swam away into the Danube this week, in an effort to support the natural populations of the critically endangered fish. Russian Sturgeons are one of the four remaining native Danube sturgeon species, some of the last remaining in Europe. IUCN classifies sturgeons […]
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New Active Youth Club for the Danube and Sturgeons Started in Sfantu Gheorghe

With the topic of protecting sturgeons and other key wildlife species getting more and more popular in in the area of the Danube river, the students in Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania) founded Active Youth Club for the Danube and Sturgeons and had their first meeting last week. The WWF Romania team also attended the meeting to […]
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What it takes to be a sturgeon saver

As part of the “LIFE FOR DANUBE STURGEONS” project, WWF has been working hard to urge for regional and coordinated actions in the Lower Danube to help sturgeon populations recover. Fighting overexploitation to reverse the trend of catches that have dropped by 99% in the past three decades is a complex process that involves many […]
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On the International Day for Biological Diversity, Endangered Sturgeons Have Received Much-Needed Boost

Brussels, 22 May 2019 – After decades of plummeting numbers due to poaching and habitat loss, Europe’s sturgeons have been given a sign of hope today. The European Commission and experts from EU member states[1] endorsed the implementation of a continent-wide plan to save the species from extinction under the EU Habitats Directive. This will […]
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