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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200 kg Beluga released from poachers’ hook lines by the Romanian Police

The Romanian Police officers of the “Danube Delta” Police Service rescued and released back into its natural habitat a 200 kg Beluga (Huso huso), that had been illegally captured. “The sturgeon was found on Saturday, 28th September 2019, in the Black Sea, between the St. George and Perisor Danube arms, wrapped up in 500 carmaci. On […]
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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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Three young Sterlet and Beluga registered during “Sturgeon Watchers” mission in Ukraine

This is the second consecutive “Sturgeon Watchers” volunteer programme in Ukraine for monitoring and conservation of sturgeon spawning sites on the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta. “In 2017 we had the first pilot “Sturgeon Watchers” project with students from the Odessa Ecological and Kherson Agricultural universities. This year we changed the format and involved […]
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