Project News

Telemetry of sterlets

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.

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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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