“Sturgeon Watchers” at LIFE platform meeting on volunteering

On 19-21 September, Estonia hosted a special LIFE platform meeting: “Volunteering for Nature Conservation”. The main organiser was the wetland conservation project “LIFE Mires Estonia”, which is coordinated by the Estonian Fund for Nature. The three-day event brought together more than sixty participants from sixteen European countries. The main objective of the LIFE platform meeting […]
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WWF Bulgaria organised national workshop for law enforcement authorities

On the 26th and 27th of September 2018 in Sofia, fifty representatives of national and regional law enforcement agencies took part in a two-day workshop: “Key Institutions and their Role and Responsibilities in the Implementation of the National Legislation Related to the Protection of Wild Sturgeons”. The workshop was organised by WWF Bulgaria as part […]
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Sturgeon experts at course on assessment of habitat and behaviour of migratory fish

From September 17 to 22, experts from the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” team from Romania and Bulgaria, together with representatives of stakeholders from Ukraine, took part in a course on “Habitat and Behavioural Assessment of Migratory Fish”, organised by the Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development in Tulcea, Romania. During the course, the […]
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WWF Romania introduced “Active Youth Academy” in fishing communities

In mid-September in Tulcea, WWF Romania launched a new initiative called “Active Youth Academy” for young people in fishing communities along the Danube Delta. The idea is several Eco-clubs to be formed and follow a joint educational programme – “Active Youth Academy”, where young people will be actively educated and involved in nature conservation and […]
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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 Vetren village, on the Bulgarian part of the Danube River. “The unusual gathering of […]
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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 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 is allowed. The rest of the endangered Danube sturgeon species are already under legal protection in Serbia. Recently the public enterprise “Srbijašume” banned commercial and […]
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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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