Danube Sturgeon Task Force 5th meeting

The Danube Sturgeon Task Force (DSTF) held its 5th meeting in Bucharest, on 2-3 September, hosted by the Institute of Biology Bucharest, Romanian Academy. Sturgeon experts from 6 countries, representatives of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), of national administrations, ICPDR (International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River), IAD (International Association for Danube Research), WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and researchers gathered to discuss future measures requested for the implementation of Sturgeon 2020 Program.

The output of the project acquired from the EUSDR – TAF program was presented, together with the follow-up activities encompassing: (1) In-situ conservation ; (2) Ex-situ conservation; (3) Eco-tourism, (4) Communication activities.

As the sturgeon fishery ban, established in 2006 by Romania, and followed later by Serbia and Bulgaria, will expire, the discussions focused also on the lack of scientific evidence for the recovery of sturgeon populations, as well as on the socio-economic impact of fishery ban on communities where sturgeon fishery represented an old tradition. A possible prolongation of fishery ban is currently considered, but if so, this should be accompanied by compensations and economic incentives for the local communities impacted by this measure.