“Coup” of the Delta Police: Caviar of 50,000 euros confiscated

Another sturgeon crime case reported in Romania only 4 months after the last major sturgeon poaching incident in Tulcea County In April this year, WWF-Romania reported that 66 frozen Sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus) were discovered by the Romanian Border Police in a car trunk in Tulcea County. In Romania, it has been illegal to fish for […]
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Seized Sterlet on the Tisza River, Serbia

Since sturgeons like to swim on the gravelly bottom, the present low water level in the Tisza River has enabled poachers to set nets under more favourable conditions in the shallows. Once again, it turned out that the dead of night is the time when poachers are most active. However, fish wardens around the Banat […]
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Sturgeon 1.0 Now Available to Watch

A new sturgeon tutorial is here for our youngest nature explorers who are interested to know more about sturgeons, one of the oldest inhabitants of the Danube River – and even the planet. Can you imagine that sturgeons are as old as dinosaurs? Nowadays, unlike dinosaurs, sturgeons still can be found on Earth, but they […]
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Informative brochures available to representatives of the enforcement institutions in the Lower Danube and the Black Sea basin with responsibility for sturgeon protection

The brochures are created as a result of the series of meetings with law enforcement agencies in the project countries, who together with the LIFE for Danube Sturgeon’s team have identified their greatest information needs that would help them in cases of illegally poached sturgeons. Only in May 2020, Romanian law enforcement agencies reported three cases […]
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Massive Decline in Migratory Freshwater Fish Populations Could Threaten Livelihoods of Millions, Warns New Report on World Conservation Day

The report reveals a staggering 93% average decline of of migratory fish populations in Europe. Globally, monitored populations of migratory freshwater fish have declined by an average of 76% between 1970 and 2016. Average declines have been more pronounced in Europe (-93%) and Latin America & Caribbean (-84%). Lower declines in North America (-28%) suggest […]
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Large-scale Control of Illegal Fishing Needs Innovative Technology

The Danube River, its vast Danube Delta and the Black Sea coast are very large areas that need to be kept under surveillance to detect and prevent illegal fishing of critically endangered sturgeons. However, only rather few law enforcement officials are available to monitor large stretches of river or coastline. The limited patrols are not […]
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It is the First Blockbuster that No One Wants to Watch

Learn and care about rivers in order to help us NOT to produce this movie. Using the sturgeon release as a launching point, WWF-Bulgaria wanted to use sturgeons and their story to inform people about what is going on with Bulgarian rivers – their problems and those of their inhabitants, and why is it important […]
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Virtual celebration of the International Danube Day

Celebrating Europe’s most beautiful river for the first time with a virtual exhibition about sturgeons 29 June 2020 – Given the COVID-19 global pandemic situation, many of the special days WWF normally celebrates in the calendar year such as Earth Hour, Earth Day, and now Danube Day have gone digital. This change has required a […]
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Thousands of Critically Endangered Beluga Sturgeon Released into the Danube

29 June 2020 (Bulgaria) – Over 7000 Beluga Sturgeon have been released into the Danube River to mark Danube Day 2020. Hundreds of people across Europe backed a WWF-Bulgaria crowdfunding appeal. Each one is now the proud parent of a 4.5 metre, 1000 kg sturgeon. Well, eventually. At the moment, the little darlings are only […]
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Engaging Women for Lasting Change

Success for Alternative Income Development Initiatives on the Danube and Black Sea Depends on Women   13 May 2020 – The national teams of the LIFE for Danube Sturgeons project are working closely with targeted fishing communities to devise and implement income alternatives that create new opportunities for the development of the nature-based economy in […]
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26 sturgeon Caught in Fishing Nets Freed by Romanian Danube Delta Law Enforcement

In only the last month, Romanian law enforcement agencies reported three cases of wildlife crime involving sturgeon, species on the brink of extinction. Sterlet, Stellate and Russian sturgeons were discovered in fishing nets by law enforcement and later released. This is not the first recent case of sturgeon poaching in the area. In October 2019, […]
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Fishermen have to be Part of the Solution, or they are going to be Part of the Problem

Eldridge Cleaver’s paraphrased quotation became the motto of the international online “Engaging Fishing Communities in Conservation Workshop” on May 5. The workshop introduced 30 key sturgeon experts and practitioners to the LIFE for Danube Sturgeons Project Team, and provided the team with advisory and technical support. At the core of the exchange of practices were […]
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