Illegal Sale of Danube Sturgeon

The Danube St fish mainly lives in the Black Sea and migrates to the upper reaches of the Danube and other major rivers to lay eggs.
Sheena

Updated: Apr 15, 2021 12:20:00 pm

15 April 2021 Current Affairs:According to a report issued by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the illegal sale of Danube St fish, one of the most endangered species in the world, is rampant in the lower Danube region, especially in Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine.

Highlights:
♦ The Danube is the 2nd longest river in Europe after the river Volga. It grows in the mountains of the Black Forest in western Germany and flows about 2,850 kilometers toward the mouth of the Black Sea.
♦ Since the time of the dinosaurs, fish have existed for about 200 million years. Some of these species can grow up to eight meters long and can survive for more than a century.
♦ They are called "living fossils" because their appearance has not changed much over the years. A fossil is a creature that has remained unchanged since the early geological era, and its close relatives are usually extinct. In addition to St fish, Horse and Ginkgo are examples of living fossils.
♦ In the northern hemisphere, there are 27 species of of fish and pad fish. Although some species only inhabit freshwater, most species are planktonic and lay eggs in freshwater, but most of their life history has been spent in the ocean or in a brackish environment.
♦ The Danube St fish mainly lives in the Black Sea and migrates to the upper reaches of the Danube and other major rivers to lay eggs.
♦ The World Wildlife Fund is the world's leading conservation organization, working in more than 100 countries/regions. It was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Grande, Switzerland. The mission is to protect nature and reduce the most urgent threats to the planet’s biodiversity.
 
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