MEASURES Managing and restoring aquatic EcologicAl corridors for migratory fiSh species in the danUbe RivEr baSin

MEASURES aims to create ecological corridors by identifying key habitats and initiating protection measures along the Danube and its main tributaries. In this sense, sturgeons and other migratory fish species will act as flagship species in support of our goals.

Sturgeons and other migratory fish species represent a historical, economic and natural heritage of the Danube and are indicators of the ecological status of its watercourses, especially concerning the function of the river as an ecological corridor. Transnational management of these corridors and restoration actions, as well as restocking with indigenous species are essential.

In the three years of the project, MEASURES means:

  • mapping and identifing of key habitats by developing and testing a methodology for migratory fish habitat mapping;
  • developing a harmonized strategy for restoring green corridors and supporting implementation in future management plans;
  • restocking of two native species to conserve their genetic pool in Hungary and Romania, establishment of a network for concerted repopulation of the target species and elaboration of a manual for the operation of broodstock facilities that will provide the offspring needed for the re-population;
  • the implementation of the MEASURES Information System that will facilitate the access of experts, decision-makers and the general public to the relevant information available.

Concrete input into the next drafts of policy- and management plans will secure the translation of project outcomes into sustainable management of relevant sites restoring ecological corridors.

Managing and restoring aquatic EcologicAl corridors for migratory fiSh species in the danUbe RivEr baSin
Start date
01-06-2018
End date
31-05-2021
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2512931,08
ERDF Contribution: 2045645,09
IPA Contribution: 90346,27
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Lead partner thomas.hein@boku.ac.at AUSTRIA
National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre, Research Institute for Fisheries ERDF partner kovacs.gyula@haki.naik.hu HUNGARY
Institute of Biology Bucharest, Romanian Academy ERDF partner cristina.sandu@dstf.eu ROMANIA
Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development ERDF partner radu.suciu@ddni.ro ROMANIA
WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature, Danube-Carpathian Program Bulgaria ERDF partner evoynova@wwfdcp.bg BULGARIA
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Project News

  • MEASURES - MEASURES - Pilot Stocking of Russian Sturgeon and Sterlet in Romania and Hungary
    - 24-04-2019
    MEASURES - Pilot Stocking of Russian Sturgeon and Sterlet in Romania and Hungary

    Danube River fauna was enriched this month, as three important sturgeon stocking events have taken place in Isaccea (Romania) and Baja and Ercsi (Hungary). The aim of this activity is to save and strengthen two highly endangered Danube sturgeon...

  • MEASURES - MEASURES - MEET THE TEAM: DDNI, DANUBE DELTA NATIONAL INSTITUTE
    - 22-04-2019
    MEASURES - MEET THE TEAM: DDNI, DANUBE DELTA NATIONAL INSTITUTE

    The Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (DDNI) was established in 1970 and its main objective is conducting fundamental and applied research for scientific support of the management of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve...

  • MEASURES - Karlovac University of Applied Sciences hosts the first national stakeholder workshop in Croatia
    - 22-03-2019
    Karlovac University of Applied Sciences hosts the first national stakeholder workshop in Croatia

    Karlovac University of Applied Sciences organised the first national workshop for stakeholders on 8 March 2019. The primary goal of the workshop was to gather all the relevant Croatian stakeholders to join their efforts and knowledge in order to...

  • MEASURES - Field survey of potential wintering habitats on Sava river
    - 21-03-2019
    Field survey of potential wintering habitats on Sava river

    In the beginning of March a team of 2 members from Institute REVIVO and 2 from Karlovac University (VUKA) gathered in the cold morning hours of early March to perform wintering habitat mapping for sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus), nase (Chondrostoma...

  • MEASURES - The journey of sturgeons restocking in the Danube
    - 18-03-2019
    The journey of sturgeons restocking in the Danube

    Restocking is a common method to increase the natural population size of intensively utilized fish species. But if it is conducted for conservation purposes it is not as easy as it seems. Let see the journey behind the fish, waiting to be...

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