We are happy to be part of the exhibition "Donau - Menschen, Schätze & Kulturen" at Schallaburg, in Lower Austria. The exhibition is open from June 1 – November 8.
This spring we have already released more than 40.000 fish and more are constantly following. The very good conditions and progress in the rearing container this year allow us to fulfill our project goals despite a smaller core team.
Neat filmclip by Eco Sapien - a team of Conservation Biologists, who make videos all about Biodiversity, Ecology and the Natural World. They visited our rearing container and we are happy for their focus on Europe’s prehistoric fish.
Youtube Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08azc9_xjUk
The good: -In the last days we obtained roughly 90.000 sterlet eggs from two wild females, fertilized by two wild males.
On Easter Sunday, the documentary "Vienna, a Water City in Climate Change" was broadcast on ORF. In this very informative contribution about the past and future of Vienna's waters we are also represented with our project. For the documentary by Susanne Riegler, a film team visited us in the breeding station in mid-March.
Thanks to our Hungarian colleagues from Naik Haki the first batch of eggs is incubated.
Our own wild spawners look nice as well and with the steady rise of water temperature we will start artificial propagation by the end of next week.
It's that time of the year again. Operating with a skeleton crew and working from home as much as possible we still need to collect our broodstock for reproduction in April.
New LIFE-sterlet team member! Oihane from Bilbao, Spain is doing a three-month internship in our project, supporting us in the catch of broodstock, reproduction, rearing and telemetry tracking. Welcome!
Yesterday we chose 29 fish that had the right size and today they went into surgery. They were anesthetized and then we implanted the hydroacoustic tag and stitched the small cut. Afterwards we observed them for several hours before they were released into the Danube. Together with Viadonau we already set up the receiver stations at the Nationalpark Donauauen last week and starting today we will learn more about their habitat use and movements. This will be supplemented via active tracking by boat.
The LIFE team and the sterlets wish you happy holidays and a good start to 2020. IA