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The Royal Fish: a story of sturgeons from the Volga

By Alexander Moiseev, Marine Programme Project Coordinator at WWF-Russia


The Volga is the largest river in Europe. Its basin was a place where nations, states and civilisations were born. In the middle of the 16th century, up to 30,000 pieces of beluga and stellate sturgeon were caught annually in its lower reaches and the biggest fish were sent to the royal court.

EU states commit to ending wildlife crime, but critical measures missing

On June 20 EU Environment Ministers endorsed an ambitious EU Action Plan to boost the region’s collective efforts to end wildlife trafficking, but the absence of some key commitments on financial resources, national legislative amendments and reporting could weaken its overall impact and effectiveness. All of these are missing from the final conclusions.