LIFE-Boat 4 Sturgeon

Sturgeons are the world’s most endangered animal family. Two of the six sturgeon species that previously inhabited the Danube river basin have already become extinct in the area. The remaining species are still classified as endangered and critically endangered on the IUCN Red list (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources). This project aims to establish a living gene bank for the remaining four sturgeon species in the Danube river basin and strengthen the wild fish population by introducing young fish from the project hatcheries to the habitat.

The project partners include the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (lead), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management, viadonau, the City of Vienna, WWF Romania, WWF Ukraine, WWF Bulgaria, Revivo and MATE. The majority of the funding is provided by the EU through the LIFE programme.