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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Important Notice on upcoming conferences

Important Notice on upcoming conferences   Currently, two different events for people interested in sturgeon are coming up. Unfortunately, both have very similar names. In continuation of the series started in 1989 in Bordeaux, the eight International Symposium on Sturgeons (ISS8) bringing together the global sturgeon expertise is taking place September 11th – 17th 2017, in Vienna, Austria. The WSCS organized returns to Europe, focusing on the pa...

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Codex Alimentarius -COP on caviar

Codex Alimentarius -COP on caviar   The Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery products, Section on sturgeon caviar, has been adopted by the commission.   Read the text

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Erratum - JAI vol 18 D.E. Snyder paper

ERRATUM we herewith notfy potentially interested readers of a discovered error in the ISS4 Proceedings.  Readers of this article and members having a copy of the Proceedings (Journal of Applied Ichthyology, vol 18) may wish to print  out the attached pdf-file noting the corrections and insert a copy at the respective page number of the volume. We are sorry for this mishap but are greatful to the author to have this shift in captions discovered (b...

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ISM-2016, Krasnodar - A great success

ISM-2016, Krasnodar - A great success   The International Sturgeon Meeting held in Krasnodar on June 1-5 has been a great success. More than 180 participants from 22 countries discussed on sturgeon recovery and caviar issues. Important participation of authorities and great prominence in the media. See the following webpages.   http://www.mprkk.ru/ministerstvo/press-sluzhba/news/i/o-mezhdunarodnom-soveshanii-po-osetrovym-ism-2016 http://www.fishn...

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Chinese Sturgeon Conservation Alliance

Chinese Sturgeon Conservation Alliance established on May, 2016     On the proposal of the China National Aquatic Conservation Association a national alliance named “Chinese Sturgeon Conservation Alliance” (CSCA, the Chinese sturgeon the Acipenser sinensis)) was established in Shanghai on May 21, 2016. Mr Li Yaninliang, president of China National Aquatic Conservation Association, has been elected as president of CSCA by the board of directors.  ...

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Do we have a reliable control of international trade of sturgeon caviar?

IUCN WCC 2016 Do we have a reliable control of international trade of sturgeon caviar?    Nowadays, any international trade of sturgeon and their products (e.g. caviar) is controlled and includes a mandatory universal caviar labeling system. Since this caviar labeling system was introduced a few years ago, the number of genetic tests or isotope analyses distinguishing legal caviar from illegal caviar has been reduced close to zero. We are wonderi...

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The new WFMD #fishhead video

The new WFMD #fishhead video "Fish can't travel like we can"   The WFMD has reached to 370 events in 61 countries and it’s still growing.   https://youtu.be/T6rD8shDQxs

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Int. Conf. on the future of Sturgeon Aquaculture ICSA2016

Int. Conf. on the future of Sturgeon Aquaculture ICSA2016   The International Sturgeon Research Institute and the Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute in collaboration with the World Sturgeon Conservation Society, the Iranian Fisheries Organization, Universities and International Organizations, invite you to attend the International Conference on theFuture of Sturgeon Aquaculture in 2016. This conference will bring together sturgeon scien...

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2016-ISM Krasnodar program update

The program of the Krasnodar conference 2016-ISM has been updated.   Program 

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2016 ISM Program

The program of the next International Sturgeon Meeting in Krasnodar has been updated. More information on the meeting at the website Read more...

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WSCS Board Meeting, Bordeaux 2016

WSCS Board Meeting, Bordeaux 2016   The World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS) Board Meeting was recently held in Bordeaux, France.  A workshop on “Post Release Monitoring Strategies in Sturgeon Restoration Programs” was held in conjunction with the Board meeting. Forty nine sturgeon researchers and managers from 10 countries participated in the workshop.     Photo of attendees of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS) Board Meeting,...

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The second All-Russian conference "The Russian sturgeon culture-2016" March 28-30, Krasnodar

The second All-Russian conference "The Russian sturgeon culture-2016" March 28-30, Krasnodar   In Krasnodar (South of  Russia) was held from March,28 to March, 30  the second All-Russian conference "The Russian sturgeon culture-2016".   Read more...  

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Lake Sturgeon Spear Fishery on the Winnebago System (Wisconsin, USA)

Lake Sturgeon Spear Fishery on the Winnebago System (Wisconsin, USA)   The 2016 Lake Sturgeon spear fishery commenced on February 13 and concluded on February 28 (16 days).  This traditional harvest method is annually permitted for a maximum of 16 days and operates under a harvest cap system to keep exploitation at or below a sustainable level of 5% of the adult population.  Perspective spearers must purchase a spearing license prior to an Octobe...

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