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 baby 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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National Ukrainian Workshop for Law Enforcement Agencies on the Legal Framework for Protection of Wild Sturgeons

On May 10 in Kiev, more than thirty representatives from key law enforcement agencies, scientific institutions and other important stakeholders, gathered at a national workshop, organised by WWF Ukraine, on the topic: “Existing national legislation on protection, breeding and trade of sturgeons in Ukraine”. Prior to the event, as part of the “LIFE for Danube […]
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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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Prohibition of fixed gillnets with larger mesh sizes in the Ukrainian Danube delta means better protection for Danube sturgeons

A new gain in the conservation of Danube sturgeons has been scored. In Ukraine, the fishing regimes for 2018 have been approved and include some major advancements to reduce bycatch of highly endangered sturgeons. Industrial and amateur fishing of all wild sturgeon species has been permanently banned in the Black Sea basin. Thus, even occasionally […]
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World Wetlands Day: River alterations affect sturgeons, Danube’s flagship species

We celebrate World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February to show the important role of wetlands and floodplains for people and the planet. This year’s theme  “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future” highlights the important role of wetlands for sustainable urbanization. Wetlands contribute in many ways to our quality of life and our own […]
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Our Project Calendar 2018 is Ready for Distribution and Online Download

On our project calendar 2018, we chose to feature an impressive photo of Beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) and to give general information on the status and conservation needs of wild sturgeons. The calendar is part of the information materials we’ve developed and produced for the project: “Sustainable Protection of Lower Danube Sturgeons by Preventing and […]
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WWF and Bulgarian Fishermen Working Together to Save the Sturgeons

This is a short story about a day of celebrations, about the sturgeons – endangered species of the Danube river – and how an experienced local fisherman sees his future. Celebrating Saint Nicolas day on December 6 has a long tradition in Bulgaria. Many stories have been told about St. Nicolas and his power for […]
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WWF launches last-ditch effort to save the world’s wild sturgeons

  Vienna, Austria – With most sturgeon species heading for extinction, WWF today announced a new global strategy to tackle the threats facing the world’s most endangered group of fish at the 8th International Symposium on Sturgeons taking place in Vienna this week. Over the past 50 years, sturgeon populations have collapsed around the world due to […]
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