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

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Lead partner thomas.hein@boku.ac.at AUSTRIA
Institute for Ichthyological and Ecological Research REVIVO ERDF partner polona.pengal@ozivimo.si SLOVENIA
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ERDF partner luchezarpehlivanov@gmail.com BULGARIA
Ministry of Waters and Forests ERDF partner gheorghe.constantin@map.gov.ro ROMANIA
Trnava University in Trnava, Faculty of Education ERDF partner ladislav.pekarik@truni.sk SLOVAKIA
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Project News

  • MEASURES - Project efforts featured in latest issue of WWF US magazine
    - 05-05-2021
    Project efforts featured in latest issue of WWF US magazine

    The MEASURES restocking event that took place last October, when 700 Russian sturgeon were released into the Danube River in Isaccea, Romania, is featured in the current issue of World Wildlife, the quarterly magazine of WWF US. The story...

  • MEASURES - Final Conference - May 10th & 11th. Register now
    - 05-05-2021
    Final Conference - May 10th & 11th. Register now

    As the project is close to the end, the project team will hold a 2-day online event to present the results and highlighs of MEASURES. The first day of the conference opens with an overall presentation of key results, followed by a series of...

  • MEASURES - Fishing for Wild Sturgeon and Selling Wild Sturgeon Products Banned Indefinitely in Romania
    - 27-04-2021
    Fishing for Wild Sturgeon and Selling Wild Sturgeon Products Banned Indefinitely in Romania

    Hot on the heels of the release of WWF’s sturgeon market survey last week that detailed the systemic poaching of critically endangered sturgeon along the Lower Danube, there is some fantastic conservation news from Romania.  Romania has taken a...

  • MEASURES - Poaching and illegal trade pose major threat to migratory fish in Europe
    - 22-04-2021
    Poaching and illegal trade pose major threat to migratory fish in Europe

    With all but one of Europe’s remaining sturgeon species facing extinction, a new report details the scale of the poaching and illegal trade in wild sturgeon caviar and meat in the lower Danube and Black Sea, which threatens the survival of these...

  • MEASURES - PROJECT RESTOCKING EVENT MENTIONED IN WORLD FISH MIGRATION DAY REPORT
    - 30-03-2021
    PROJECT RESTOCKING EVENT MENTIONED IN WORLD FISH MIGRATION DAY REPORT

    If you have ever wondered why we need a World Fish Migration Day, here is the reason: "Many migratory fish species are critically endangered or threatened. The main causes are man-made barriers, weirs and sluices, which disrupt the natural flow...

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