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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Deutsche Welle: Poaching, dams imperil ancient Danube fish

Can scientists, activists, fishermen and consumers find a way to save the ancient Danube sturgeon? Killing the appetite for wild caviar would help, say conservationists. Once upon a time, giant bony fish patrolled the Danube, migrating from the Black Sea to Vienna and beyond. Big as boats when they breached the surface, they likely inspired […]
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Children’s contest „Together for Sturgeons“ in Serbia

In May, WWF Serbia announced a contest „Together for sturgeons“, as part of the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” project. The activity is designed for schools in the fishing communities below the Iron Gate 2 dam. The idea is to motivate children proactively research information on Sturgeons, looking for unique archive photos, study materials and thus […]
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Celebrating World Fish Migration Day in our Project Countries

The World Fish Migration Day on 21 April is a one-day global celebration to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. Many fish need to migrate to reproduce, feed and complete their life cycle. Migratory species like sturgeons are severely threatened by man-made obstacles: dams, dikes and sluices, which disrupt the […]
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Second “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” Stakeholders Committee Meeting in Romania

On 17 April, 2018 the second meeting of important stakeholders for the “LIFE for Danube Sturgeons” project, took place in Bucharest. Valuable input was obtained from representatives of the Romanian Police, the Border Police, the Danube Delta Police, Customs, the Institute for Research and Development of Aquatic Ecology, Fishing and Aquaculture in Galaţi, the National […]
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