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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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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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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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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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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How Engaging Law Enforcement Institutions Can Help Protect Danube Sturgeons

As part of the LIFE FOR DANUBE STURGEONS Project, trainings were held in Vidin and Svishtov, Bulgaria shortly before Bulgaria was put in COVID-19 lockdown. The trainings were aimed to increase the expertise and engagement of key institutions responsible for the implementation of the national sturgeon protection legislation. The engagement of law enforcement units is […]
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The Return of Sturgeons. Is it Possible at All, or Is It Too Late Now?

Shortly before the beginning of the holiday season, Spanish television RTVE launched their new documentary on sturgeons. RTVE wants to remind people, especially those who enjoy eating fish and fish products, what it takes to have fresh fish on the table; and how the drive for enjoying one of the most luxurious foods in the […]
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The Serbian Fish Stock under heavy pressure from illegal fishing

WWF and the United Anglers of Serbia are warning the public again this year that, due to increased fish consumption during the holiday season, the existing problems of fish theft and overfishing of many species, even the strictly protected ones, remain unresolved in Serbia. Data obtained by WWF in cooperation with professional institutions and associations show that […]
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At least 10 tons of fish is being stolen every day in Serbia

This is one of the main messages of Dragan Gmizić’s new short movie called „Grabbers“. The movie focuses on illegal fishing, the consequences to the fish stock in Serbia and all obstacles that environmentalists and inspectors from Ministry of Environmental Protection face on a daily basis to tackle this serious issue. The movie is a […]
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First Reports on the Released Russian Sturgeons

WWF’s release of more than 20 000 little sturgeons into the Danube a month ago is undoubtedly a promising conservation activity, aimed at boosting the number of the declining populations of Russian Sturgeons in the lower part of the river. In Bulgaria – where financial resources available to environmentalists and scientists are very limited, the […]
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Beluga Sturgeon Saved from Poacher

Sofia, Bulgaria, 22 February 2019 – A female Beluga sturgeon, measuring 2m in length and weighing approx. 200 kg, was saved on February 19th from a poacher near the town of Silistra, Bulgaria. The sturgeon was named “Silvia” by her rescuer. WWF-Bulgaria sturgeon experts went to the scene to tag the precious specimen. The fish was confiscated […]
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One Year of Project Work for Sturgeons – A Monitoring Visit in Ukraine

  This years’ project monitoring visit – an annual initiative of the European Commission to assess progress on its LIFE projects through contracted experts – was held in Ukraine, between the 10th and 12th of October, 2017. “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” is one of the very few LIFE projects in which organisations from non-EU countries […]
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