The first information boards about the project “Joint actions to raise awareness on overexploitation of Danube sturgeons in Romania and Bulgaria” have been installed on both sides of the Danube. In Feteşti, Romania, the WWF team was joined by local fishermen and a consultant of the European Commission to help install the panel. The information board was officially unveiled by Jutta Jahrl, Project Manager, and by Cristina Munteanu, National Project Coordinator for Romania.
Later, Marian Cristea, Head of the fishermen association “Steline – Feteşti” talked about the need to protect Danube sturgeons and the experience of local fishermen.
On the other side of the Danube, in Belene, Bulgaria, the first information board was installed by the river, on the territory of Persina Nature Park.
The information boards reveal that sturgeon fishing has a long history in the Danube region and that for many centuries it has helped communities along the river to flourish. However, today sturgeons are on the brink of extinction and it is our turn to help them by giving them a chance to recover. If sturgeons disappear, the Earth will lose these unique species forever, while fishermen will lose this source of income.
Six further panels will be installed in Romania and Bulgaria this autumn.