US sturgeon petition status: March 2015

March 11, 2015 Hello Sturgeon ESA Coalition Members, As many of you know, we were able to raise sufficient funding in 2014 to engage Joan Galvin of Kelley, Drye & Warren (Washington D.C.) to provide legal opinion and lobbying efforts on our behalf.   We accomplished much last year, but our fight is still not over. By way of this email, I would like to summarize our efforts to date and suggest a path forward, in the hopes that we can, again, m...

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from Azerbaijan

Two news from Azerbajian, one about the declining of the Caspian sturgeon population to critical level Read more and the other one about the developing of a concept for industrial breeding of sturgeon by innovative method. Read more

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US sturgeon petition status

Two agencies within the U.S. Federal Government have been petitioned to list 15 species of sturgeon as endangered under a U.S. law called the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The two government agencies are the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The USFWS will make the determination for 10 of the sturgeon species, the NMFS has already made the determination for 5 of the species. The 10 ...

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AMA-WSCS MOU

A Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between AMA (Associazione Mediterranea Acquacoltori) of Italy and the WSCS.   Read more

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2014-2016 NASPS Executive Committee elections

The 2014-2016 NASPS Executive Committee elections have been completed. The newly elected Board Members are the following:   Governing Board Executive Committee: Past President - Ron Bruch, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI, USA, Ronald.Bruch@wisconsin.gov President - Molly Webb, USFWS, Bozeman Fish Technology Center, Bozeman, MT, USA, Molly_Webb@fws.gov Vice President - James Crossman, BC Hydro, Castlegar, BC, Canada, James.C...

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Russian Fishery Agency protects

The Russian Federal Fisheries Agency has held a conference where a number of proposals were made aimed at protecting the country's sturgeon population, and hence the country's supply of caviar. Go to the original article

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New tool to pursue illegal trade

New tool to pursue illegal trade The first joint action of The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and INTERPOL took place to target individuals responsible for serious wildlife crime. This new INTERPOL operation is called ‘INFRA-Terra’ (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) and is technically and financially supported by contributions of the European Union. The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade i...

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Family-Based Breeding Plan in the Adriatic sturgeon

A new breeding plan, based on the genetic characterization of the largest existing broodstock of Adriatic sturgeon (Acipenser naccarii) was proposed. Taking into account the tetraploidy of the Adriatic sturgeon, the plan tries to minimize inbreeding and to maximize the fraction of available genetic diversity that will be transmitted to stocks that will be released in the wild, as well as to future generations of captive breeders. This is done by ...

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No natural reproduction of A. sinensis in 2013

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences found that this year no juvenile  sturgeons were found swimming along the Yangtze toward the sea during the period they usually do. This Investigations verified the results of no reproduction monitored on the sole spawning ground below Gezhouba Dam.  They concluded that no natural reproduction of Acipenser sinensis was took placed  in 2013.  It is the first time of no natural reproduction s...

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Canada: fines for illegal fishery

In Canada two men received a total of $20,750 in fines and probation orders for illegally possessing lake sturgeon eggs and meat and another man received a total of $500 in fines and a 15-year ban on harvesting Lake Sturgeon for illegally taking the species. Lake Sturgeon Harvest Results in Fines and 15-year Fishing Ban Taste for Illegal Caviar Leads to $20,750 in Fines  

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Sturgeons in the art

"In the fall of 2004 I became fascinated with sturgeon. The more I researched them the more captivated I became. Now I see them as a symbol of endurance in a rapidly changing environment.  There is a quality in the sturgeon that I find special.  It has an ancient lineage, and a quiet, curious wisdom. "  Margaret K. Haydon From the talk given during the ISS7, 2013, Nanaimo, BC. “A Curious Old Wisdom”  I come to you from the Art Department at the U...

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Riverine LIFE Platform Meeting

Riverine LIFE Platform Meeting: Strengthening populations of   fish and other species through re-introduction, removal of barriers and habitats conservation 10th - 12th September 2014, Tartu, Estonia   This is one of a series of platform meetings intended to promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst LIFE beneficiaries, with other key stakeholders also invited. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together LIFE project benef...

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Prof. Doroshov retirement

A pioneer in sturgeon research is going to retire today (22nd June 2014)   Colleagues and Students of Prof. Dr. Serge Doroshov will meet today to celebrate his retirement.  WSCS joins his friends and colleagues, wishing him many more healthy and productive years.  We are particularly grateful to Serge for not only being one of the foundation members of the Society but also for his continued support of WSCS  The Board of Directors expressed the So...

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FFPW - Univ. South Boemia, proposal of affiliation

From 22 to 26 May 2014 the Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (FFPW USB), the Czech Republic, visited WSCS in Italy (on the Lago Maggiore), for discussing a preliminary document for a new affiliation sector called WSCS International Network of Research Institutes (WSCS-INRI) between WSCS and research Institutions.   See more details....

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Workshop in situ and ex situ measures as a tool for sturgeon conservation"

"Workshop in situ and ex situ measures as a tool for sturgeon conservation".   Between May 14th and 16th, the Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management of the University of Natural Resources and Life sciences, Vienna hosted the board meeting and the general assembly of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS). In this context a workshop on "Best practice in ex situ and in situ measures as tools for conservation management" ...

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WS in BOKU Univ. Vienna

"Workshop in situ and ex situ measures as a tool for sturgeon conservation". Along with the WSCS General Assembly, we are planning a workshop on "Workshop in situ and ex situ measures as a tool for sturgeon conservation"The workshop carried out on May 15th will collect information on best practice examples worldwide to facilitate exchange and identify new research in this field.    Invitation Program

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WSCS BM & GA 2014, May 14-16, Vienna

Dear collegues and fellow sturgeon enthusiasts, Almost one year has vanished following the 7th ISS in Nanaimo and therefore it becomes high time to think and plan for this year’s General Assembly and Board Meeting. Using this as an excuse, we would like to introduce you to the venue site of the 8thISS in Vienna. We will have to do some joint planning for the preparation of the next Symposium and to give you a first idea about what is to come, we ...

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World Fish Migration Day 2014 (WFMD)

Connecting Fish, Rivers and People "World Fish Migration Day 2014 (WFMD) is a one day global initiative, with local events worldwide, to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. WFMD is held to improve the publics’ understanding of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish and their needs. Free migration for fish is crucial to achieve healthy fish stocks. While most fish are migratory to some degree, some speci...

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Sturgeon Spearing on the Lake Winnebago System, Wisconsin

Sturgeon Spearing on the Lake Winnebago System, Wisconsin:  A Unique Sport Rich in Culture and Tradition The Lake Winnebago system in east-central Wisconsin is home to the largest self-sustaining population of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the world, while also being home to the unique sport of sturgeon spearing.  The annual sturgeon spearing season commences on the second Saturday in February and lasts for either 16 days or until sex-s...

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Danube Iron Gates Passage options to be verified

The Iron Gates I and II dams between Romania and Serbia are a major barriers for sturgeon and other characteristic migratory Danube fish species. The dam complexes consists of weirs, ship locks and hydropower stations. The Iron gates are the first impassable obstacles in the Danube from the black sea and are located at ca. 850 km distance from the estuary in the Black Sea. Restoration of river connectivity at these sites would reopen a reach of m...

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