Project News

Ordinary meeting of the ICPDR and first We Pass Stakeholder Workshop

The ICPDR meets annually to review recent activities and plans for the upcoming year. On the second day the first We Pass Stakeholder Workshop took place. We Pass is an initiative aiming to facilitate fish migration in the Danube River Basin. Their focus is on the preservation and reestablishment of endangered fish species migration routes in the Danube River, its tributaries, and specifically at the Iron Gates.
Talks by experts from the field were held, including two lectures by Thomas Friedrich on our activities to protect the sturgeon. Experts from the Danube Sturgeon Task Force discussed in working groups the key question of the project: How do we get the public to engage with the issues of disruption to fish migration in the Danube River Basin?

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Fisheries Conference 2019

The Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries organized the traditional annual fisheries conference on November 21 and 22, 2019 in Schloss Mondsee.
During the two days, a broad and interesting range of lectures was presented. On the second day, Thomas Friedrich gave a lecture on the Pan-European Action Plan, situation of the Sturgeon in the Austrian Danube in the past and present.

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Visit in China

Working on the IUCN Red List re-assessment of the Eurasian sturgeon species in Shanghai. Unfortunately the situation has gotten worse: of 19 species in Europe and Asia one species became extinct since the last assessment and five more are on the very brink of being extinct in the wild. Without concerted action now, including a stop of poaching, restoration of habitat and supportive releases it is clear that the next assessment in ten years will be way worse than today.

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