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.
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.