HELCOM Expert Group on Sturgeon Remediation (EG STUR)
The purpose of the HELCOM Expert Group on Sturgeon Remediation (EG STUR) is to contribute to the implementation of the Baltic Sea Sturgeon Action Plan (BSSAP) and to give scientific advice to relevant HELCOM bodies.
The BSSAP was developed by the HELCOM PROJECT “HELCOM STURGEON REMEDIATION”. This activity was a follow up of the Baltic Sea Action Plan from 2007 which states that Contracting Parties should join and/or support Poland and Germany in re-introducing Baltic sturgeon to its potential spawning rivers, and “By 2015, to have the re-introduction program for Baltic sturgeon in place, and – as a long term goal, after their successful re-introduction has been attained – to have best natural reproduction, and populations within safe genetic limits in each potential river”.
Work of EG STUR includes the support of the coordination effort and the outline of best practice technologies for the relevant implementation steps. The EG is intended to be a platform for all matters related to sturgeon conservation and management. It will provide expertise on activities and scientific knowledge related to sturgeon to HELCOM and facilitate collaboration between scientists to prepare scientific publications.
The overall scope of the network is to facilitate Baltic Sea regional cooperation for all activities related to sturgeon recovery as outlined in the HELCOM Action Plan for the Protection and Recovery of the Baltic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) for the period of 2019-2029. The plan covers a period of 10 years (2019 – 2029).
The network will strive to ensure that the recovery measures in the Contracting Parties are based on common principles and state of knowledge, pursue the same targets and utilize harmonized methodology to allow the comparison of results.
Further, the network serves as a platform for the exchange of experiences as well as the development of guidelines for the major implementation steps of the BSSAP. The network through the national contact points is to intensify awareness-raising among the public, authorities, NGOs and fishermen as well as their stakeholders by using different media including the Internet and social media.
The network provides and exchanges relevant scientific findings to support the implementation of the BSSAP through coordinated research, the development of harmonized restoration practices, agreed upon methodological approaches for reproduction, rearing, release, and monitoring, common information material for stakeholder and public outreach.
Jannica Haldin (HELCOM Professional Secretary)