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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The status of Sturgeon will be revised in the new Red Book of Ukraine

Inna Hoch, ichthyologist and sturgeon expert in the project “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons”, joined the group of experts who will work on the new edition of the Red Book of Ukraine. According to the national legislation, the Government of Ukraine has to publish a new edition of the Red  Book at least once every 10 […]
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National Ukrainian Workshop for Law Enforcement Agencies on the Legal Framework for Protection of Wild Sturgeons

On May 10 in Kiev, more than thirty representatives from key law enforcement agencies, scientific institutions and other important stakeholders, gathered at a national workshop, organised by WWF Ukraine, on the topic: “Existing national legislation on protection, breeding and trade of sturgeons in Ukraine”. Prior to the event, as part of the “LIFE for Danube […]
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Celebrating World Fish Migration Day in our Project Countries

The World Fish Migration Day on 21 April is a one-day global celebration to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. Many fish need to migrate to reproduce, feed and complete their life cycle. Migratory species like sturgeons are severely threatened by man-made obstacles: dams, dikes and sluices, which disrupt the […]
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Second “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” Stakeholders Committee Meeting in Romania

On 17 April, 2018 the second meeting of important stakeholders for the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” project, took place in Bucharest. Valuable input was obtained from representatives of the Romanian Police, the Border Police, the Danube Delta Police, Customs, the Institute for Research and Development of Aquatic Ecology, Fishing and Aquaculture in Galaţi, the National […]
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On World Fish Migration Day WWF and the World Sturgeon Conservation Society call on decision makers to act for sturgeon conservation

World Fish Migration Day is here to remind us how important passable rivers are for life of their inhabitants. This year, WWF and the World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS) mark the event with the Vienna Declaration on Global Sturgeon Conservation. The document is the result of a WSCS initiative in consultations with sturgeon scientists and […]
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Prohibition of fixed gillnets with larger mesh sizes in the Ukrainian Danube delta means better protection for Danube sturgeons

A new gain in the conservation of Danube sturgeons has been scored. In Ukraine, the fishing regimes for 2018 have been approved and include some major advancements to reduce bycatch of highly endangered sturgeons. Industrial and amateur fishing of all wild sturgeon species has been permanently banned in the Black Sea basin. Thus, even occasionally […]
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Regional project team meeting in Belgrade proves LIFE for Danube Sturgeons project is in good progress

Serbia, Belgrade, 7-8 March 2018 – During the regional LIFE for Danube Sturgeons meeting, project partners sat together to discuss achievements, challenges and next steps in the project and to re-confirm their dedication to work jointly on saving Danube sturgeons. Key topics were the project activities with two main target groups: in the first one […]
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World Wildlife Day: opportunity to do our part in preserving our world

World Wildlife Day on the 3rd of March is a global celebration of all the wonderful wild animals and plants found on our planet. On this day we raise awareness of the dangers that threaten the survival of many species. Sadly, some wild species have already become extinct due to habitat loss or overexploitation. Other […]
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