Sturgeon populations in the Danube river have been dropping over the past 50 years. The loss of this ancient fish would have serious consequences for the health of the river and the Danube’s fishing communities alike.
Learn about the ordinary heroes working to protect the sturgeon habitat, the animals and communities that depend on it.
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
Manager of the Vienna-based “Life-Sterlet” recovery project
“Today, Europe’s sturgeons are threatened by overfishing, habitat reduction, dams and other physical barriers to their migration routes. With the EU’s help, we are working with different countries in the region to overcome these threats.”
WWWF Bulgaria, Project Coordinator “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons”
“Bulgaria is a major producer of legal caviar worldwide. Because of their high-end status, wild sturgeon eggs have fallen prey to poachers in the illegal caviar trade.”
WWF Austria, Project Manager “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons”
“We coordinate the EU project committed to protecting sturgeons. We work directly with fishing communities in the Danube region who have depended on sturgeons for generations.”
WWF Romania, Project Coordinator “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons”
“Through the EU’s Danube conservation project, we’ve developed an educational kit for young people. It provides information about the Danube, its sturgeons and other natural resources.”
“This project is about more than just education, and it applies beyond Romania: We try to prepare people in the Danube region to create revenue in their communities as well as cultivate a respect for theirsurroundings.”
Our project “LIFE FOR DANUBE STURGEONS” focuses on saving the flagship fish of the Danube – sturgeons. The reasons for the decline are complex, but lack of awareness and information is a root cause of the most important one, overexploitation. Despite strict legal protection, illegal fishing and trade in meat and caviar from wild sturgeons still endanger the last survivors of these ancient and iconic fish species.