Meet the team: George Caracas, sturgeon advocate in Romania

This month we are presenting George Caracas, Sturgeon Advocate and Project Officer in WWF Romania. He is 31 years old and has been with WWF Romania since 2012. George’s interest in nature started in his early teenage years when he entered a circle of ecologists in his hometown Tulcea. Nowadays, he is a proud owner of […]
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Shortcomings in CITES caviar labelling system poses risk to sturgeons

Geneva, 17 July 2018: Twenty years after trade in sturgeons was regulated, illegal trade in sturgeon caviar continues and threatens the survival of this endangered group of species across the world, according to a new TRAFFIC and WWF study. Published today to coincide with the meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International […]
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Swarm of juvenile Sterlet found by WWF Bulgaria during 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 “LIFE 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 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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Three young Sterlet and baby Beluga registered during “Sturgeon Watchers” mission in Ukraine

This is the second consecutive “Sturgeon Watchers” volunteer programme in Ukraine for monitoring and conservation of sturgeon spawning sites on the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta. “In 2017 we had the first pilot “Sturgeon Watchers” project with students from the Odessa Ecological and Kherson Agricultural universities. This year we changed the format and involved […]
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Fishermen and conservationists united for 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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Two-year ban on fishing Sterlet is one 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 Finalist in 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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Deutsche Welle: Poaching, dams imperil ancient Danube fish

Can scientists, activists, fishermen and consumers find a way to save the ancient Danube sturgeon? Killing the appetite for wild caviar would help, say conservationists. Once upon a time, giant bony fish patrolled the Danube, migrating from the Black Sea to Vienna and beyond. Big as boats when they breached the surface, they likely inspired […]
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Children’s contest „Together for Sturgeons“ in Serbia

In May, WWF Serbia announced a contest „Together for sturgeons“, as part of the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” project. The activity is designed for schools in the fishing communities below the Iron Gate 2 dam. The idea is to motivate children proactively research information on Sturgeons, looking for unique archive photos, study materials and thus […]
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