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Efforts to Save the Last Sturgeon Fish

Sturgeon fish could once be found along the entire Atlantic coast and playfully swam in many of Europe’s great rivers. Now they have nearly disappeared. Over fishing and the destruction of their living environments have made the fish one of the world’s most threatened animal groups and today they are found playfully swimming in only a few of Europe’s rivers. In the Rioni River in Georgia there are six types of endangered species of Sturgeon that are decreasing at an alarming rate.

The fishing of Sturgeon is illegal, but the river is currently unprotected and many fishermen and authorities are unaware of the importance of maintaining this species of fish. In this project, Fauna & Flora International are working to save Sturgeon from extinction in one of their last remaining environments.

What the project delivers

Efforts to involve both the authorities and locals in the maintenance and foundation for long-term preservation of Sturgeon fish.

Why we support this project

Biodiversity is crucial to ensuring sustainable development and working to preserve a diversity of species for future generations is in the publics greatest interest.

Project time status


This project started in October 2017 and ended in July 2019