WSCS General Assembly held in Tulcea

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Chairman of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS) Harald Rosenthal drew attention upon the necessity to prevent poaching in the natural habitats of sturgeons, his message delivered at the end of the WSCS General Assembly hosted by Tulcea (eastern Romania) being mainly directed to the authorities.

‘A huge problem is the illegal fishing of sturgeons and it must be stopped. The authorities must not consider the issue as unimportant, as they have the obligation to make efforts to control the situation. At the same time, they must be aware of the fact that the fishermen depend on their fish capture and this also poses a great many problems,’ Harald Rosenthal told Agerpres.

He also explained the reason for which the WSCS chose Tulcea as the host city for the organization of the society’s General Assembly.

‘We go where the problems are relevant, where the initiatives need international support and we try to answer the questions from all the regions of the world, taking the scientific expertise where is most needed,’ Harald Rosenthal underscored.

The WSCS organized in Tulcea on Monday a symposium on sturgeons, with the event having been attended by researchers from the US, Europe and Asia. At the end of the meeting, the WSCS General Assembly took place. Harald Rosenthal will meet in Bucharest on Tuesday with representatives of the Environment Ministry and of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Considered ‘the dinosaurs of the Danube River’, the following species of sturgeons, namely the isinglass fish, the sterlet, the stor sturgeon and the Black Sea sturgeon are the most valuable resources of animal origin on the Planet, with the inferior Danube being one of the few habitats (the only habitat from the European Union) where these species live and reproduce naturally.

In order to protect the species of sturgeon from the Danube, Romania’s Government in 2006 decided to prohibit the fishing of these species in the Romanian territorial waters and to increase the number of sturgeons. According to the Authority of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Romania, a year later the Serbian Government decided to ban the fishing of sturgeons for commercial purposes, a similar decision being also taken by Ukraine in 2010. In addition, Bulgaria adopted a 4-year moratorium on the protection of sturgeons in the Danube.

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