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.
Our long-term team member Lina Florian MSc successfully finished the second master thesis („Development of rearing guideline for sterlets (Acipenser ruthenus) with emphasis on fitness for survival”) in the frame of the project. Our congratulations!
From 24-25th of April, the DSTF met in Vienna to elect a new Executive Committee. Thomas Friedrich, project leader of the LIFE-Sterlet was elected into the committee as scientific expert.
A group of experts and members of DANUBEPARKS visit our project on their way along the Danube.
After the arrival of this year‘s first eggs to our hatching container on the Danube island two weeks ago a lot has changed. In the beginning, growth, movement and the yolk make the larvae look a lot like tadpoles and less like mighty sturgeons.
In April we got interviewed for the radio show „Superscience Me“ aired on radio Orange. The episode had a focus on water and we talked in the second part about our project and the importance of Danube water in the hatching of sterlets. Link to the podcast: https://cba.fro.at/402477
This years´ board meeting of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society took place in Oggebbio. All members before elected the manager of the LIFE Sterlet Project into the board as treasurer.
During the last days we tried to catch additional sterlets in the Danube for reproduction. Luckily we caught several active spawners.