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Danube Sturgeons: Danube Sturgeons

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Sturgeons are perhaps the most iconic species of the Danube. The remaining four sturgeon species utilize the river for spawning, and the three anadromous species perform long migrations between the Black Sea and spawning grounds far upstream. Thus connectivity along the river is a major issue for sturgeons. more

Traditionally, sturgeon fisheries have provided livelihood for people as far upstream as Hungary and Slovakia. While considered a flagship species for the Danube River Basin and valuable indicators of water quality and ecosystem health, sturgeons are today on the brink of extinction due to the overexploitation, disruption of spawning migration and loss of habitats. In 2012, the Danube Sturgeon Task Force (DSTF) was established (with support by the ICPDR), and developed an action plan that can be summarized in four points: A) Basin-wide coordination of sturgeon policy and best-practice management, B) Legislation and enforcement controls for sturgeon fisheries and trade, C) Conservation of sturgeon species and populations, including their genetic integrity, and D) Protection, management and restoration of sturgeon habitats, including reopening of migration routes.

Fisheries, Fisheries > Fish stocks/catches/taggings
Marine/Coastal, Brackish water, Acoustic telemetry, Tracking, Acipenseridae Bonaparte, 1831

Temporal coverage
2015 - 2025
Quasi continuous (< 1 min.)

Taxonomic coverage
Acipenseridae Bonaparte, 1831 [WoRMS]

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), moredata creator

Related datasets
Parent dataset:
European Tracking Network (ETN) data, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2019-10-25
Information last updated: 2023-05-22
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