The sturgeons and other migratory species represent a historical, economic and natural heritage of the Danube Basin and are indicators of the ecological status and functionality of the watercourses. The sturgeon population has suffered greatly because of excessive fishing, pollution, and habitat destruction. Fragmentation, as well as a lack of comprehensive knowledge of available habitats for migratory fish and genetic diversity, hinder the restoration of migratory fish migration corridors, vital to long-term survival of their populations. The need for their conservation is recognized at a high political and management level (EUSDR-PA 06, Biodiversity, DRBMP).
Project MEASURES (Management and restore aquatic ecological corridors for migratory fish from the Danube) will pave the way for creating ecological corridors by identifying key habitats and initiate protective measures along the Danube and its main tributaries of. Two pilot actions are envisaged:
1. identifying and mapping key habitats
2. repopulating two indigenous species to conserve their genetic basis
A network for concerted repopulation of target species will be set up and a manual will be produced for the operation of breeding facilities that will provide the material needed for re-populations. A MEASURES Information System will be implemented to facilitate access to available information by experts, policy makers and the general public.
The use of concrete data and information in the development of future draft policy and management plans will ensure the translation of project results into the sustainable management of relevant sites, thus restoring ecological corridors.
This MEASURE project is an opportunity to raise awareness on migratory fish species in the Danube region. We hope this project will build working relationships and set in motion community and stakeholder involvementto promote fish migration issues particularly for World Fish Migration Day.
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The project The management and rehabilitation of the aquatic ecological corridors for migratory species in the Danube basin will be carried out between 1 June 2018 and 31 May 2021 with financial support from the Danube Transnational Program (successor of South East Europe Trans-European Cooperation Program - SEE). This program finances projects aimed at improving public policies and institutional cooperation, implemented by an extended transnational partnership, Priority Axis 3 - Connectivity in the Danube Region.