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There are seven varieties of the sturgeon that once used to swim from the Black Sea, up the Danube River Delta, as far as Vienna, and even to Germany. Those days ended in 1972 with the Iron Gates Dam on the border of Serbia & Romania. There was no provision made by the USSR to install fish ladders. To their credit, both Serbia and Romania have declared the Iron Gates reservoir catchment area a national park. But all 7 species are now critically endangered due to overfishing, poaching and the aforementioned environmental issues. Sturgeon are an anadromous fish that needs to migrate upstream in rivers from the Black Sea to spawn. The sturgeon (beluga) was the main source of black caviar. Ukraine also has several large dams built when it was a part of the USSR. Just a quick grab shot here right before the Tulcea Aquarium switched the lights off. This large fish is 2-3 metres long but they can grow to 6 metres and live 100 years. Out of town are several fish hatcheries where the Romanian Government is doing what it can to restock the Danube River & its tributaries. Not technically perfect but there are so very few shots (if any) on TE, that I decided to post it anyway. More info here:

https://rewildingeurope.com/blog/danubes-rare-giants-the-sturgeons/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beluga_(sturgeon)

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