Caviar in trade – what you have to know not to harm wild sturgeons

Few foods have captured the luxury market quite like caviar, especially at the festive season around Christmas and New Year. At this time of year, many people are ready to spend more and buy some delicacies such as sturgeon meat and caviar. Wild sturgeons are highly endangered and all species of sturgeons are protected under […]
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Hope for sturgeons as European states adopt action plan to save continent’s most endangered fish species

Strasbourg, November 30th – After decades of plummeting numbers due to poaching and habitat loss, Europe’s sturgeon species have been given some much needed hope at last after 50 European countries and the European Union today signed up to a detailed continental-wide action plan to save the iconic fish. The landmark commitment was adopted in […]
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National workshop for law enforcement authorities in Serbia

At the end of October, WWF Serbia with the support of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, held a one-day workshop: „Improving the implementation of the national laws for protection and conservation of sturgeon species“, as part of the „LIFE for Danube Sturgeons“ project. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministry for Environmental Protection, […]
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Two training videos on sturgeon identification available in five languages

Two sturgeon identification videos were produced this autumn as part of the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” project in order to help law enforcement officials to differentiate native sturgeon species but also species and hybrids which can be found in fish farms and sometimes also in natural rivers. The videos are quite unique, as they provide a […]
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National workshop for law enforcement authorities in Romania

On the 30th and 31st of October in Tulcea, WWF Romania organised a National Workshop for the authorities involved in the protection of the wild Danube sturgeons. The event was part of the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” project, where WWF Romania and the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority in Tulcea (DDBRA) are partner organisations for the […]
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WWF Bulgaria sends alert for the start of winter migration of Sterlet

WWF Bulgaria, one of the project partners in the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons”, used its social media channels to notify fishermen and the general public for the start of the winter migration of the native Danube Sterlet. Earlier this year, during a planned monitoring expedition, a team of WWF Bulgaria registered 100 young Sterlet, found […]
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Monitoring visit in Romania

This year’s project monitoring visit was held in Romania, between the 3rd and 5th of October 2018. A monitoring visit is an annual event, done on behalf of the European Commission, which has to assess the progress of the project “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” in one of the four project countries. “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” […]
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“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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