A short film presents fish migration issues in Romania

This year’s celebrations of World Fish Migration day had to be reconsidered, because of the global pandemic situation. Our team in Romania marked the occasion with a short film, dedicated to fish. The ”World Fish Migration Day” film was aired on national TV on Saturday, 24th October 2020.  The video was financed by the Danube […]
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Virtual field trip displays sturgeon protection in the Lower Danube region

WWF planned to organise a field trip to share the experience gathered throughout the “Life for Danube Sturgeons” project, however, just as with everything else in 2020, the plan was disrupted by the global pandemic. Utilising the available technology, the project team managed to organise a virtual tour on 25th November, to reach out to […]
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Fishermen in Bulgaria apply for funding of tourist activities, with WWF support

The fishing association Amur-Nikopol applied for funding to develop the first of its kind boat tourism in the Danube, at the town of Nikopol, in Bulgaria. The application was developed together with WWF, as part of the project “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons”. The idea of the proposal is to use the skills, equipment and qualification […]
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WWF Bulgaria collaborates with fishermen to monitor and report sturgeon bycatch

Piloting a new method of sturgeon monitoring proves successful in Bulgaria, where fishermen were enabled to report on accidental catches. Between July 2018 and September 2020, WWF has received over 250 photos and videos of sturgeons, taken by fishermen at the Danube and the Black sea.    Why use fishermen for sturgeon monitoring? Without systematic […]
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WWF Prepared a New Information Package to Prosecutors

A new brochure, related to infringements of sturgeon protection legislation, addresses prosecutors in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. The need for more information for legal professionals on wildlife protection legislation has been expressed by experts from within and outside the system. It is becoming even more important that prosecutors are aware of the significance of […]
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“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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