The project “Joint actions to raise awareness of the overexploitation of Danube sturgeons in Romania and Bulgaria”, or “Sturgeons: Protect Danube’s treasure”, which ended in 2015, is now a finalist in the Communications category of the 2016 Natura 2000 Award. The award is pan-European and recognizes excellence in the conservation and management of Natura 2000 sites.
The award is given each year in five categories that showcase the best successes in preserving Europe’s nature – Conservation, Socio-Economic Benefits, Communication, Reconciling Interests/ Perceptions, and Cross-Border Cooperation and Networking.
The finalists also compete for the European Citizens’ Award. You can vote for “Sturgeons: Protect Danube’s treasure” by 8 May here. The winners of both the five category awards and the Citizens’ Award will be announced on 23 May 2016 – 2 days after Natura 2000 Day (21 May).
“Sturgeons: Protect Danube’s treasure” ran from 2012 to 2015 and aimed to tackle overfishing, the main direct threat to the survival of the last viable wild populations of sturgeons in the EU in the Lower Danube. Sturgeon fishing is traditionally ingrained in local culture and often comes into conflict with the full fishing ban in place in both Bulgaria and Romania. The project covered 6 Natura 2000 sites in Bulgaria and Romania and was implemented by WWF-Austria, WWF-Bulgaria and WWF-Romania. Read more of its outcomes in the “Project results” section of this website.