Occitanie Region and French Guyana caviar inspections

Between December the 10th and January the 20th, the French environmental enforcement of the Occitanie region and French Guyana led 32 inspections aiming to control trade in caviar from sturgeon species Acipenseriformes spp.).   Read more

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Ryszard Kolman left us

Ryszard Kolman, Professor of Fisheries at Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn, Poland, has passed away at the age of 70 years after a period of illness.  Ryszard Kolman was born on August 11, 1947 in Olsztyn, Poland. He graduated from the Commercial Fishery Faculty of the Kaliningrad State Technical University in 1971. After which graduation, his main interest was in the field of the artificially reproduction of coregonids. He obtained his PhD ...

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Funded Masters project at University of British Columbia

Masters project description - Factors affecting larval drift initiation by White Sturgeon – University of British Columbia, Canada   We have a funded opportunity for a Masters level graduate student to investigate the effects of benthic substrate condition on early rearing and drift by larval White Sturgeon, and other aspects of its ecology.  Altered substrate conditions in spawning and early rearing habitats contributes to the recruitment failur...

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World Fish Migration Day - April 21, 2018

Dear colleague,   Hereby I invite you to join the next World Fish Migration Day on April 21, 2018.  We hope that you like our new Happy Fish cartoon and that it will inspire you to host an unique event to connect fish, rivers and people. Over 2000 organizations, from New Zealand to Hawaii, will be involved in this third edition of WFMD. We hope to create big impact on the wellbeing of migratory fish from local to global. We are looking forward to...

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Upcoming Public Meetings: Wisconsin Sturgeon Management Plan

Attention Sturgeon Enthusiasts:   The DNR’s Sturgeon Team is starting a process to update Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Management Plan.  The current plan was completed in 2000 and has guided much of the statewide management and recovery efforts for lake sturgeon in Wisconsin.  Many of the recommendations outlined in the current plan have been addressed and the plan is in need of updating.  Additionally, the 2000 plan was specific to lake sturgeon only, w...

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vacant position

Berlin, January 14th, 2018 The Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inlanmd Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin announces a vacant position with a focus on functional genetics in the frame of the ongoing EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Network IMPRESS for up to 10.5 months. The applicats should have a completed university degree (Master) in Life Science (biology, fisheries sciences, ecology, etc.) and must not have spent more that 12 mon...

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Conference on diadromous fish

The IMPRESS network is pleased to announce an international conference devoted to the topic of fish cultivation for conservation and sustainable use of wild diadromous species. The conference will take place in the city of Arendal on the Southern coast of Norway, 17-19 June, 2018.   Read more

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International Sturgeon Producers at ISS8

Inaugural Meeting of International Sturgeon Producers at ISS8 During ISS8, a meeting of sturgeon producers was proposed and held to discuss the possibility of creating an international association. Approximately 40 people attended the meeting. It was generally agreed that an association should be created. It was agreed that the association should only include producers of farmed sturgeon. It should not include producers of caviar from wild fish o...

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IUU fishing in the Caspian Sea threatens the sturgeon populations

IUU Fishing in the Caspian Sea threatens the sturgeon populations During the Panel Discussion the 8th International Symposium on Sturgeons (ISS 8) held in Vienna  (Austria) in September 2017, various critical conservation issues on the highly endangered sturgeons have been discussed. During the Panel Discussion in Vienna participants from the Caspian range states have raised the issue of the ineffectiveness of the measures taken to combat illegal...

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Giovanni Arlati left us

Giovanni Arlati passed away after a few days of sufferance at the age of 67. Veterinary, as manager at the Regione Lombardia he was among the first who, in the eighties, understood the importance of the Acipenser naccarii sturgeon stock maintained at the Giovannini's fish farm and was one of the main actors who supported the project ended with the successful controlled reproduction of this species without the sacrifice of the parents in 1988. Sin...

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Great success of ISS8

ISS8 Overview The International Symposium on Sturgeon 8 took place from September 10th to 16th, 2017 in Vienna, hosted by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. The conference was jointly organized by the university’s` Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management together with the Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Berlin and the World Sturgeon Conservation Society. Principal Sponsors of the ...

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Francesco Fontana left us

We would like to share sad news with the WSCS members. Our friend, Francesco Fontana, passed away a few days ago after a long fight with a terrible disease. Francesco was one of the pioneers of sturgeon cytogenetics. He worked on several species and hybrids and opened the way to sturgeon genetic studies in Italy. He was not only a colleague and a guide for those of us who had the honour and the luck to work with him but was also a good and genero...

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Kazakhstan workshop on controlled sturgeon reproduction

Kazakhstan workshop on controlled sturgeon reproduction In March 6-9, 2017 in Atyrau (Kazakhstan) “Tengizchevroil  LLP” company, at the premises of the sturgeon hatchery organized and conducted a methodical workshop on modern methods of control reproduction of sturgeon in Ural river.  Among the participants of the workshop were managers and staff of Ural-Atyrau and Atyrau sturgeon hatcheries, private sturgeon farms, Atyrau branch of Kazakh Resear...

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Complete Fishing Ban on Aquatic Protected Areas in the Yangtze River

Complete Fishing Ban on Aquatic Protected Areas in the Yangtze River in China   To carry out and implement the General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important talk on the extensive protection of Yangtze river, and the ‘No. 1 Central Document – firstly implementing complete fishing ban on aquatic protected areas in the Yangtze river’ released in 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture of China (MOA) has released a document about complete fishing ban on aquatic...

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Opening Event of the fish ladder at Isola Serafini

March 17, 2017 - Opening Event of the fish ladder at Isola Serafini  On March 17, two years after the launch of the site, it will be inaugurated the fish ladder in the shape of an inverted Y,placed at the service of the two branches of the River Po affected by the hydroelectric dam of Isola Serafini (Monticelli d'Ongina - PC), to about 300 km from the river delta in the Adriatic Sea. The realization of this work allows, after 50 years, to reconne...

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ISS9 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

 CALL FOR PROPOSALS  For a venue location for the 9th International Symposium on Sturgeon (ISS9) in 2021   The World Sturgeon Conservation Society is requesting proposals from interested institutions to host the 9th International Symposium on Sturgeon (ISS9) in 2021. These Symposia have become the overall platform to discuss future strategic research and management needs for the conservation of these highly endangered species. Research and manage...

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ISS8 REGISTRATION OPENED

ISS8 REGISTRATION OPENED   2017 is the year of the upcoming ISS8 (8th International Symposium on Sturgeons) to be held in Vienna.   This is the first time the ISS returns to Europe since 1997 (ISS3, Piacenza, Italy, 20 years ago).  We would like to encourage all of the members to make use of the opportunity to join in and participate in WSCS’s four-yearly event.  A lot has happened in Europe during the past 20 years in terms of sturgeon conservat...

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First nuclear marker for the genetic identification of the Beluga sturgeon.

First nuclear marker for the genetic identification of the Beluga sturgeon.   The marker can also contribute to the identification of interspecific hybrids in which the Beluga is one of the parent species. The complete identification power on this highly relevant species and the proved efficacy on caviar samples represent an essential progress towards a standardized panel of nuclear markers for the control of illegal poaching, smuggling and misla...

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Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River

Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River   Release of floodwaters washed farmed non-native species into river, where they will compete with wild fish    Read more

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Sturgeon poaching in the Caspian sea

Article on sturgeon poaching in the Caspian sea   Who owns sturgeon in the Caspian? New theoretical model of social responses towards state conservation policy   Authors: Ilya ErmolinEmail author; Linas Svolkinas Original Paper First Online: 12 September 2016 DOI: 10.1007/s10531-016-1211-x Read more...

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