Bringing back the extinct sturgeon into the North-Eastern Baltic Sea
LIFE Baltic Sturgeon
Project duration: September 2022 - December 2027
Budget: € 1 128 010,91
Co-funded by EU LIFE programme, Ministry of Environment, Environmental Investment Centre, project implementers.
Riigimetsa Majandamise Keskus / Forest Management Centre of Estonia
Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus / Wildlife Estonia
Luonnonvarakeskus / Natural Resources Institute Finland
The work of re-establishing the viable self-sustaining Baltic sturgeon population in Estonia is gaining momentum and volume. Wildlife Estonia, Forest management Centre of Estonia and Institute Natural Resources Finland will carry out the project "Restoration of the Baltic Sea sturgeon population in Estonian waters" with the acronyme LIFE Baltic Sturgeon for five years. The main task is to release approximately 100,000 young sturgeons in the Narva and Pärnu rivers every year. Stocking material will be obtained from Germany from the breedstock managed by the Aquaculture and Fisheries Research Center of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The fate of different sturgeon species is under special attention in Europe. The Baltic Sea Marine Environment Protection Commission (also the Helsinki Commission and HELCOM), which unites the countries of the Baltic Sea, has adopted an action plan for the protection of Baltic Sea sturgeon in 2019, which sets the goal of restoring the Atlantic sturgeon population in the Baltic Sea. The implementation of the project helps to achieve the goals by carrying out activities in Estonia.
NGO Wildlife Estonia is established in 2000. Our aim is to protect rivers and other aquatic habitats. We care about the nature, biodiversity and fish in particular.
Springs, rivers and lakes are our common treasure. The more natural status they have the more precious they are.
Successful application and implementation of river restoration and fish population status improvement projects. Scientific ichthyology studies with traditional and modern bio-telemetric methods.
Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus, registration 80124928,
Address: Veski 4, 51005 Tartu, ESTONIA
Contact phone (+372) 51 76886