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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University of Galati hosted the biggest discussion in the past 30 years of sturgeon conservation in the Danube Basin and the Black Sea

120 delegates of the scientific community, fisheries, water and environmental administrations, and representatives of civil society from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Canada and the European Commission came together to attend the International Conference “Conservation of Danube Sturgeons – a challenge or a burden” […]
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Conservation of Danube Sturgeons – a challenge or a burden?

The Research and Development Center for Sturgeon, Aquatic Habitats and Biodiversity of the University of Galati will host a 3-day event in Galati (Romania) in collaboration with six other organisations – DSTF (Danube Sturgeon Task Force), Romanian Ministry of Water and Forests, Romanian Ministry of Environment, NAFA (Romanian National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture), WSCS […]
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Collaborating with fishermen gets crucial to the Danube sturgeons survival

Wherever there is fishing, there is bycatch, regardless if it is fishing in a river or the sea. One of the main threats to the sturgeons, that inhabit the Lower Danube and the Black Sea waters, is that they continue to be incidentally captured along with other protected species, especially by larger vessels that fish […]
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Celebrating Danube Day with Local Communities in Serbia, Bulgaria and Ukraine

  On 29 June – when the Danube Day is being celebrated in the 14 river basin countries – the project partners of “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” organised and participated in events aimed to put sturgeons on focus in several key fishing communities. While the celebrations were scaled down locally in Serbia, Bulgaria and Ukraine, […]
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The First Project’s Stakeholders Meeting Held in Romania

  ROMANIA, 14 June 2017 – The first stakeholders meeting of many planned within the ‘LIFE for Danube Sturgeons’ project took place in Romania. On Wednesday, 14th of June 2017, WWF-DCP-Romania hosted the event together with DDBRA, which is another of the project’s partners, welcoming the representatives of the Romanian Police, Border Police and the […]
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LIFE INFODAY in Bucharest

Image of the Botanical Garden of Bucharest © Ministerul Mediului – Romania   Bucharest – June 7th & 8th, 2017, The Romanian Ministry of Environment, LIFE National Contact Point (NCP), held the “LIFE Infoday” event at the Botanical Garden in Bucharest to celebrate 25 years of LIFE Programme and the EU Habitats Directive. The event […]
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Successful Sturgeon Projects Presented to More Than 500 Potential LIFE Applicants

  On the 31st of May, Jutta Jahrl, currently Project Manager of “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons’’ was given the opportunity to present two LIFE funded WWF projects with focus on sturgeon: “Joint actions to raise awareness on overexploitation of Danube sturgeons in Romania and Bulgaria” (2012-2015) and the follow-up “Sustainable protection of lower Danube sturgeons […]
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Ukraine and Romania Have Come Together to Save the Sturgeons

A high level meeting organised by WWF in Ukraine brought together experts, relevant authorities and environmental groups from Ukraine and Romania to discuss how to save the Danube and Black Sea populations of sturgeon. Sturgeon species have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, 200 million years ago, but for the past few decades their […]
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LIFE Programme: Celebrating 25 Years of Support for the European Nature

Brussels – The EU celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Programme and of the Habitats Directive with events held throughout the months of May and June. All ongoing LIFE-funded projects were invited to host an open day where to communicate the importance of both instruments, raise awareness about the EU nature legal measures and programmes and celebrate […]
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