Screening of the movie Artifishal in Vienna’s Topkino and an audience discussion afterwards. Thomas Friedrich was part of the panel and we were happy to see the growing interest in sustainable fishery methods, the screening was sold out.
Besides field visits of our station on the Danube island we also travel to present our project to interested groups. As part of the Young Scientist Ambassador program we were invited to hold a presentation at the BORG Deutsch-Wagram. The students are in the last year before graduation and it was of special interest to them to find out more about our daily work routines and what kind of education you need to do projects like ours.
The visit of water experts from all over Austria on the Danube island was a very interesting encounter. Due to the fields of specialization of the group members we had very engaging discussions and reinforced our wish to visit the diversity of Austrian water bodies.
We are quite busy these days with taking care of our freshly hatched larvae and their continuous transformation into sterlets. Besides that our team is also draining their brains, like Sophie Schobesberger who just completed her Bachelor thesis that she wrote within the Life Sterlet project.
This week a film crew of the Council of the European Union accompanied us. Stay tuned for further information.
In the last days, we had the chance to welcome delegations from Finland, the Technical University Vienna and the Viennese Administration for European Agendas. In this frame, we released a tagged sterlet with the name “Europa”.
Today we had to let go 20.000 additional sterlets as we could spawn another female and the number of tanks becomes critical. Overall we could already release more than 60.000 juveniles this year.
In the last couple of weeks on six occasions representatives of different ministries, counties and the European Commission came to see our project on the Donauinsel. We are very happy about the interest and for the opportunity to strengthen the importance of the protection of sturgeons as a flagship species.
Due to a very successful start of the season we already lack space in our hatching container.
The last couple of weeks were very busy with the breeding season and the intensive care of our newly hatched sterlets.