We already released 50.000 juveniles in all project areas in 2020. The rest of them is peacefully swimming around, sharing the basins with around 1.000 small Russian sturgeons. A share of the small Russian sturgeons was also transferred to our Hungarian partner to divide the risk and give them space to grow.
The first part of this year’s World Fish Migration Days took place as webinar on the 14th of May. Sturgeons and LIFE Sterlet were featured in a presentation. You can re-watch the whole webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y9zCMzcOog&t=3392s.
This years`Danube Day took place digitally in form of a riddle-rally for kids. Supported by Robert Steiner in several YouTube Clips, the Danube detectives had to solve and learn many riddles on the Danube and its inhabitants. You can re-watch the clip with our sterlets here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVDIJdle09U.
Additionally the sterlets have been featured in the Sunday kids section of Austria’s largest newspaper.
With the aim to gather information about habitat choice and migrations of the sterlet 32 fish were tagged and released in the Danube in March 2020. With the use of acoustic telemetry
LIFE Sterlet was invited to open with other experts the new museum, MUSEUM Nordwestbahnhof. We provided information on the development of fish stocks in the Danube, after the Danube Regulation, with a focus on sturgeons. The exhibition on fish and Vienna is open until the beginning of November.
Address: MUSEUM Nordwestbahnhof, Nordwestbahnstraße 16 A, 1200 Wien (ehemalige Bahnbus-Leitstelle)
In the frame of the DTP-INTERREG MEASURES 3.000 Russian sturgeon eggs of Danubian origin have been imported from Romania. We will incubate and grow these little guys alongside our sterlets. The Russian sturgeon is extremely endangered in the wild and these animals are intended as a start for a living gene bank to save the Danubian strain from extinction.
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