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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WWF-Ukraine Trains Authorities to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade of Sturgeon Products

12 March 2020 (Kyiv, Ukraine) – As part of the LIFE for Danube Sturgeon Project, WWF- Ukraine and the State Customs Service of Ukraine brought together 34 Customs officers from across the country for a 1-day training aimed at preventing the illegal traffic of CITES-listed species (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of […]
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Sturgeon Found Dead on Poacher’s Hooks in the Danube, May Have Been Used as Live Bait

This is the first documented adult Russian sturgeon in Bulgaria for 17 years. Border Police teams and representatives of Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EAFA) carry out intensive checks on illegal activities along the Danube. During just one check of the section between the village of Vardim and the town of Svishtov last week, […]
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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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The EU heroes who work on saving the Danube sturgeons

Did you know that the EU brings people together to work across borders and protect you and millions of other citizens? Whether they’re preparing to rush to the scene of an emergency in the blink of an eye, researching the cure for a mysterious condition, or working to make your area a little greener; together […]
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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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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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