Sterlet fishing ban campaign awarded for „Best non-profit campaign 2018“

Belgrade, Serbia, 20 February 2019 – WWF Adria has been selected among the three winners for “Best non-profit campaign 2018“, for the Sterlet fishing ban campaign that was held in June last year and resulted in Ministry for enviromental protection to completely ban Sterlet fishing in Serbia, with effect from January 2019. The award was […]
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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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Changing attitudes and social norms could be the way forward to effectively address the illegal caviar trade

With caviar trafficking driving endangered sturgeon and paddlefish species towards extinction, a collaborative study released today highlights the negative impact of illegal trade and recommends how wildlife crime across the globe can be addressed. Produced by TRAFFIC, WWF, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4 ACRC), Northumbria and Utrecht Universities, Corruption and wildlife crime: A focus on […]
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Connect2Sturgeons – virtual trip to the world of sturgeons in the Danube Delta

The project Connect2Sturgeons is created in WebVR format, which applies the technology of virtual reality in a web browser. The story of the Connect2Sturgeons interactive journey had been filmed in 2018, in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta. The virtual trip has 5 different scenes, where users can see the Danube Delta and part of the […]
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Fishing Sterlet in Serbia is officially banned

This is a great success for WWF Serbia, the United Fishermen of Serbia and the Association of Commercial Fishermen. The Ministry of Environmental Protection of Republic of Serbia has adopted a permanent fishing ban on Sterlet, which will significantly contribute to the restoration of populations of this endangered fish species. The Sterlet fishing ban will […]
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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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Conference on finding alternative livelihood for fishermen

On 16 -17 November in Nikopol, WWF Bulgaria organised a two-day conference on the economic development and future of the fishing communities in the region. The event was part of the project “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” and had to initiate a discussion on finding new business opportunities, as an alternative to fishing wild sturgeons, for […]
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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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