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Simona Fodor
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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

NGO: Romania’s decision to ban wild sturgeon fishing indefinitely, important step in species' conservation

The decision to ban fishing for wild sturgeon and the selling of wild sturgeon products indefinitely in Romania is an important step in the species' conservation, non-governmental organization WWF said.

This March, environment minister Barna Tanczos announced he signed the order to ban fishing for wild sturgeon in Romanian waters indefinitely, Agerpres reported. The decision came after a five-year ban. 

“Extending the ban indefinitely is an important step in sturgeon conservation. But it is not enough. An integrated and fair approach means working with fishing communities from communication, to involvement in conservation activities and alternative solutions to lost income, better law enforcement, proper research and monitoring, maintaining migration routes, and last but not least, awareness of sturgeon products consumers in terms of their legality,” Cristina Munteanu, the coordinator of the Save Danube Sturgeons Life Natura Project, WWF-Romania, said.

"Sturgeons are long-lived species and take decades to recover from their critical status. A fishing ban without the previous five-year limitation is the right step forward," Beate Striebel, WWFs Sturgeon Initiative Lead, said.

According to the sturgeon market survey conducted by WWF in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine in 2016-2020, poaching and the illegal market for caviar and wild sturgeon meat are among the most serious threats to sturgeon survival in the Lower Danube basin. Although fishing and selling wild sturgeon (and products) are prohibited in all these countries, the survey showed that poaching and illegal selling and buying of wild sturgeon and sturgeon products were widespread in the region, WWF said.

WWF Central and Eastern Europe (WWF-CEE) is currently involved in two sturgeon conservation projects tackling sturgeon poaching In Romania. The MEASURES project aims to create ecological corridors by identifying key habitats and initiating protection measures along the Danube and its main tributaries.  As part of the project, over 9000 baby sturgeon were released into the Danube. Sturgeon are also helped through the SWIPE (Successful Wildlife Crime Prosecution in Europe) project, which aims to discourage and reduce wildlife crime by improving compliance with EU environmental law and increasing the number of successfully prosecuted offenses.

(Photo: Serban Enache | Dreamstime.com)

simona@romania-insider.com

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

NGO: Romania’s decision to ban wild sturgeon fishing indefinitely, important step in species' conservation

The decision to ban fishing for wild sturgeon and the selling of wild sturgeon products indefinitely in Romania is an important step in the species' conservation, non-governmental organization WWF said.

This March, environment minister Barna Tanczos announced he signed the order to ban fishing for wild sturgeon in Romanian waters indefinitely, Agerpres reported. The decision came after a five-year ban. 

“Extending the ban indefinitely is an important step in sturgeon conservation. But it is not enough. An integrated and fair approach means working with fishing communities from communication, to involvement in conservation activities and alternative solutions to lost income, better law enforcement, proper research and monitoring, maintaining migration routes, and last but not least, awareness of sturgeon products consumers in terms of their legality,” Cristina Munteanu, the coordinator of the Save Danube Sturgeons Life Natura Project, WWF-Romania, said.

"Sturgeons are long-lived species and take decades to recover from their critical status. A fishing ban without the previous five-year limitation is the right step forward," Beate Striebel, WWFs Sturgeon Initiative Lead, said.

According to the sturgeon market survey conducted by WWF in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine in 2016-2020, poaching and the illegal market for caviar and wild sturgeon meat are among the most serious threats to sturgeon survival in the Lower Danube basin. Although fishing and selling wild sturgeon (and products) are prohibited in all these countries, the survey showed that poaching and illegal selling and buying of wild sturgeon and sturgeon products were widespread in the region, WWF said.

WWF Central and Eastern Europe (WWF-CEE) is currently involved in two sturgeon conservation projects tackling sturgeon poaching In Romania. The MEASURES project aims to create ecological corridors by identifying key habitats and initiating protection measures along the Danube and its main tributaries.  As part of the project, over 9000 baby sturgeon were released into the Danube. Sturgeon are also helped through the SWIPE (Successful Wildlife Crime Prosecution in Europe) project, which aims to discourage and reduce wildlife crime by improving compliance with EU environmental law and increasing the number of successfully prosecuted offenses.

(Photo: Serban Enache | Dreamstime.com)

simona@romania-insider.com

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