Goals & Main Objectives

Project goals

  • By 2015, zero sturgeons are illegally fished at least in 15 targeted fishing communities in Bulgaria and Romania, and at least 6 key companies in these two countries support this through an official commitment against any illegal sourcing of wild sturgeons/caviar.

  • By 2015, stronger enforcement and political support for the protection of Danube sturgeons are in place in both target countries, indicated by, amongst others, an increase of control activity reported by enforcement agencies and a joint declaration of at least 7 highest level decision makers of Danube range states.

  • By 2015, all project target groups show at least 50% increased awareness and knowledge of overexploitation of sturgeons.

  • By 2015, the project is technically and financially managed and monitored coherently within the timeframe of the project, and a shared strategy for the sustainability of the project is developed among stakeholders.

Selected project objectives

  • By June 2013, Sturgeon Advocates are established in both countries and are recognized as liaison persons and information sources regarding sturgeon issues by at least 300 fishermen in 15 targeted villages.

  • By October 2014, at least 150 targeted fishermen are aware of alternatives to substitute income from illegal sturgeon fishing and are thus enabled to dispense with poaching activities, which will crucially add to stopping the decline of wild sturgeons.

  • By May 2015, at least 50 relevant companies in other EU countries have been contacted and are provided with information to increase their awareness and make sure that illegal caviar will not get on the EU market and that this negative impact on wild sturgeon populations will be stopped.

  • By December 2013, 2 workshops (for at least 100 officials in total) and 4 special sessions providing training on the job (for at least 10 officials each) are held for competent enforcement authorities in Bulgaria and Romania.

  • By the end of the project, first time seizures of illegal sturgeon caviar in Bulgaria and Romania and imposed sanctions to deter further poaching and illegal trade show higher enforcement effectiveness and improved conservation of wild sturgeons.

  • By April 2015, a joint declaration is signed by at least 7 high level decision makers from Danube States, expressing clear political support for the protection of sturgeons and for stronger enforcement of national and EU policy and regulations to stop overexploitation.