WWF-Ukraine Trains Authorities to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade of Sturgeon Products

12 March 2020 (Kyiv, Ukraine) – As part of the LIFE for Danube Sturgeon Project, WWF- Ukraine and the State Customs Service of Ukraine brought together 34 Customs officers from across the country for a 1-day training aimed at preventing the illegal traffic of CITES-listed species (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of […]
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Poachers are not Afraid of Viruses: 2 Sturgeon Rescues, 2 Countries, 2 Days

Massive layoffs due to Covid-19 may put even more pressure on this, the most endangered species on the planet, as people search for alternative income sources. Poachers are not afraid of viruses. Fortunately, the Ukrainian Izmail Frontier Detachment, the Bulgarian Border Police and the Executive Agency of Fisheries and Aquaculture (EAFA) are still very active […]
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Serbian Inspectors, Prosecutors, Judges and Police Train Together to Detect, Prosecute and Punish Wildlife Offenses for the First Time

26-27 February 2020 (Belgrade, Serbia) – WWF Adria-Serbia and the Ministry of Environment brought together inspectors, police officials, prosecutors and judges from all parts of Serbia to enhance mutual cooperation in the field of wildlife crime. The training was held in conjunction with the CITES Convention Implementation Group and aimed to improve detection, prosecution and […]
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Sadly, it is not the Year of the Sturgeon in China

The “Panda of the Yangtze,” a close relative of the sturgeon family, is now extinct. The new decade 2020 began with the sad announcement that another species is now extinct – the Chinese Paddlefish (Psephurus gladius), a close relative of the sturgeon family. A paper by Chinese scientists concluded (based on IUCN criteria) that after […]
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Sturgeon Found Dead on Poacher’s Hooks in the Danube, May Have Been Used as Live Bait

This is the first documented adult Russian sturgeon in Bulgaria for 17 years. Border Police teams and representatives of Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EAFA) carry out intensive checks on illegal activities along the Danube. During just one check of the section between the village of Vardim and the town of Svishtov last week, […]
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30-year-old Beluga Sturgeon Chocking on String and Plastic Rescued by a Team of Fishermen

“…It did not seem wounded … and yet the fish had something …” 3 February 2020 – At the end of last week, a post on a social network talking about the rescue of a sturgeon spread across Romania. The sturgeon, which was reared in captivity in a lake, gave clear signs of weakness. Following the […]
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More Than 200 Romanian Law Enforcement Officials Trained How to Detect Illegal Trade in Sturgeons

WWF- Romania delivered a series of training sessions for representatives of the Romanian Police, General Directorate of Customs, Danube Delta Police Service and the National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture  in the second half of 2019. More than 200 officials were trained to detect illegal trade in sturgeon meat and caviar. The majority of the […]
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WWF-Ukraine and Retailer SILPO Launch Holiday Season Sturgeon Awareness Campaign

Information stands have been installed at the fish departments of 74 SILPO shops selling fish and caviar, an action that is part of the LIFE for Danube Sturgeons project. WWF-Ukraine has launched a 3-week joint communication campaign during the holiday season with top Ukrainian retailer SILPO to promote protection of wild sturgeon and pointing out criteria for the […]
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The Return of Sturgeons. Is it Possible at All, or Is It Too Late Now?

Shortly before the beginning of the holiday season, Spanish television RTVE launched their new documentary on sturgeons. RTVE wants to remind people, especially those who enjoy eating fish and fish products, what it takes to have fresh fish on the table; and how the drive for enjoying one of the most luxurious foods in the […]
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A Strong Start to the School Year for the Youth Clubs in Romania

Getting the school year off to a good start for the students in the Active Youth Clubs for the Danube and Sturgeons (TADS) in Romania meant a chance for organising many new fresh positive activities aimed at nature protection of the area along the Danube river and the Danube Delta. During the past school year, the […]
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The Serbian Fish Stock under heavy pressure from illegal fishing

WWF and the United Anglers of Serbia are warning the public again this year that, due to increased fish consumption during the holiday season, the existing problems of fish theft and overfishing of many species, even the strictly protected ones, remain unresolved in Serbia. Data obtained by WWF in cooperation with professional institutions and associations show that […]
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The EU heroes who work on saving the Danube sturgeons

Did you know that the EU brings people together to work across borders and protect you and millions of other citizens? Whether they’re preparing to rush to the scene of an emergency in the blink of an eye, researching the cure for a mysterious condition, or working to make your area a little greener; together […]
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