Conferences 2017

10-15 September 2017 - 8th International Sturgeon Symposium (ISS8), Vienna, Austria 

The8thInternational Symposium on Sturgeons, Vienna September 10-15th2017 focused on a wide range of issues with emphasis on status and management of sturgeon populations as well as on aquaculture. About 320 participants from 30 countries attended the meeting. While the subject areas “General Biology” and “Ecology received less attention than in previous Symposia (also with regard to the number of presentations), the main focus was on conservation related topics. This was also stimulated by the focal (regional) themes of the meeting, obtaining substantial inputs from NGOs (e.g. WWF).

ISS8 website

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 Conferences 2013


21. - 25.7.13 International Symposium on Sturgeons (ISS7) Nanaimo, Canada


The Seventh International Symposium on Sturgeon (ISS7) provided a forum for the dissemination of critical scientific research on sturgeon throughout the world and an opportunity for world leaders in this research to discuss their work and set research priorities. There is a strong emphasis on research addressing conservation challenges to sturgeon species and populations many of which are endangered.

ISS7 website

Report on the ISS7


Conferences 2012


21.11. 6th International Sturgeon Conference in Warsaw, Poland


Sturgeon farmers, producers, scientists and organizations representatives will be welcomed by Aller Aqua for the 6th annual Sturgeon Conference on 21st of November 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. The conference is co-organized by WSCS and the Polish Inland Fisheries Institute. The conference focuses on sturgeon production topics and associated developments. International participation during a full day of presentations and discussions will provide ample opportunity for farmers and researchers to get in contact and exchange. Detailed information will be made available soon on the Aller-Aqua website:

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12.03. WSCS General Assembly in Tulcea, Romania


This years General Assembly of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society will take place in Tulcea, Romania on March 12th 2012. It is planned to be accompanied by a 2 day workshop on restoration biology focusing among other topics on the management of the rehabilitation efforts on the lower Danube.

The Agenda of the General Assembly is available as a PDF:

WSCS General Assembly 2012 Agenda


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Conferences 2011


23.11. 5th International Sturgeon Conference in Warsaw, Poland


It was the 5th edition of the International Sturgeon Conference in Warsaw, Poland organized by Aller Aqua, where sturgeon farmers, producers, scientists and organizations representatives from all over the world gather in one place. This year's program was developed in close cooperation with the World Sturgeon Conservation Society focusing on sturgeon diseases.

Dr. Scott LaPatra came for this event to Warsaw to hold a Workshop on sturgeon diseases. He has worked in the rainbow trout aquaculture industry for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Research and Farm Services at Clear Springs Foods Inc. (Buhl, Idaho, USA). In the past Dr. LaPatra has worked with commercial, state, federal and tribal aquaculturists in their efforts to minimize the adverse affects of viruses on sturgeon. Dr. LaPatra has presented sturgeon disease workshops in 2009 at the 6th International Symposium on Sturgeon that was held in Wuhan, China and in 2010 at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Freshwater Institute in Winnipeg, Canada.

The workshop began with an overview of the various parasitic, bacterial and viral pathogens of sturgeon and then went into more detail on viral diseases of sturgeon since they appear to be the most problematic. After the break, miscellaneous topics were covered and an open discussion was held. Additionally, each workshop participant was given a sturgeon disease booklet as a reference.

Program: International Sturgeon Conference 2011, Warsaw, Poland
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11.07.-14.07. WSCS - NAC chapter 4th annual meeting in Nanaimo, Canada


WSCS NAC is having its 4 annual meeting at the International Center for Sturgeon Studies, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada from July 11-14, 2011 with the conference focusing on "Sturgeon Recovery and Management" since efforts to manage, preserve and to restore these species have increased substantially in the last 30 years. In North America some of the healthiest populations still remain, and some of the longest running proactive restoration programs exist. These recovery and management programs will be the focus of a special session and panel discussion at this conference. Within this overarching theme, we would encourage discussion on topics that include general biology and physiology, early life history, behavior, aquaculture, risks to populations and recovery, capture and monitoring methods and other topics that contribute to the general knowledge of the species or recovery efforts. In addition to the conference, on July 11th there will be three workshops prior to the conference on:

1) sturgeon telemetry techniques
2) sturgeon telemetry data analysis
3) sturgeon osmoregulation

Based upon the previous meeting last year the program was expanded to one day of workshops, three days of presentations, and a poster session. Registration costs include most meals and the provision of the 75 subsidized housing units at the VIU campus (on a first come basis) will also help defray costs.
Along with the NAC conference, WSCS is going to have its General Assembly as well as the annual Board Meeting.

For further information, the registration form and the call for papers please visit: WSCS - NAC chapter website


30.03.-02.04 Sturgeon Conference 2011 in Tulcea, Romania


Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (DDBRA) carries out international conference on conservation recovery and sustainable use of Danube River sturgeons under the framework of the Danube Parks project. The conference takes place in the Delta Hotel, Tulcea (Romania, Europe) from March 30th to April 2nd 2011.

The conference facilitates the exchange of experience and the dialogue between the national and international experts on recovery and restoration of threatened sturgeon populations and the manager specialists in the field of fisheries, protected waters or areas of the Danube.

The conference combines plenary sessions with technical visits to the aquarium of the Institute of Eco-Museal Research in Tulcea, the monitoring stations for migratory fish in Isaccea, Horia and of DDBRA as well as hatchery operations.

Invited presentations will be given by experts from the US, China, France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. The programme of the conference is available through the contact office for the conference at:

contact: Ana Matei
phone number: +40 374 326 063
e-mail: ana.matei@abplus.ro


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Conferences 2010


24.11. 4th International Sturgeon Conference in Warsaw, Poland

Aller Aqua in cooperation with the WSCS has the pleasure to invite you to the 4th International Sturgeon Conference November 24th, 2010 in Warsaw, Poland. The program of the conference is currently being discussed with the speakers and will be available soon. Experts from the field of science as well as leading practitioners of sturgeon aquaculture are participating in the process of organization. The objective of the conference is the exchange of practical experience of sturgeon farming for caviar production. This is a unique chance to meet sturgeon farmers from many countries to share knowledge and information.

Registration deadline: 12. November 2010

More detailed information in regard to registration, hotels, the location and the program can be found directly on the Aller-Aqua website:

Do not hesitate to contact us. If you have further questions:
e-mail: az@aller-aqua.pl

31.08 - 02.09 (UPDATED!) 3rd Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society 2010 in Bozeman, Montana, USA

The planning for the 3rd WSCS-NAC meeting is progressing well. The meeting will take place August 31st to September 2nd at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center, Bozeman, Montana. The programme of the three day meeting focusses on two key subject areas:

(1) sturgeon conservation genetics and

(2) sturgeon age estimation and tagging techniques.

Please see the attached pdf files to find the proposed programme as well as the registration form. Papers presented at the meeting can be submitted for publication to the Journal of Applied Ichthyology, the official WSCS journal.

WSCS NAC Meeting 2010 - 3rd Announcement

Dear Sturgeon Professionals and Enthusiasts: The North American Chapter of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society will be holding its third annual meeting this year in late August-early September in Montana. Please see details below. I encourage you to submit an abstract to or just plan on attending and participating in our Third Annual Conference - plus - check out our workshops. This will be a conference you will not want to miss.

3rd Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of WSCS

Second Call for Papers

We will be holding the 3rd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society September 1-2, 2010 at Chico Hot Springs Resort near Livingston, Montana, with two pre-conference hands-on workshops on 1) sturgeon conservation genetics, and 2) sturgeon age estimation and tagging techniques held at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center August 31.

See the Call for Papers document for details on abstract submission and use the Registration Form to secure your place in the workshops and the conference. Please contact either the WSCS home office or me (Ron Bruch, Wisconsin; address see below) with any questions or if you are interested in becoming a WSCS NAC member. A WSCS NAC membership Form can be downloaded here. You can find general WSCS membership information using this link.


Ron Bruch
WSCS North American Chapter Executive Committee Chair

Ronald M. Bruch, PhD
Upper Fox-Wolf Fisheries Work Unit Supervisor
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
625 E County Rd Y, Suite 700
Oshkosh, WI 54901
phone: (920) 424-3059
fax: (920) 424-4404
e-mail: ronald.bruch@wisconsin.gov
Sturgeon Hot-Line: (920) 303-5444


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Conferences 2009


25.11.2009 3rd International Sturgeon Conference in Warsaw, Poland

Aller Aqua has the pleasure to invite you to our 3rd International Sturgeon Conference, which will be held on the 25.11.2009 in Warsaw, Poland, at the Airport Hotel Okecie.

Participation is free of charge. Please, register by sending the registration form by e-mail: az@aller-aqua.pl, or by regular mail to the following address:

Aller Aqua
77-116 Czarna Dabrówka

Registration deadline is the 10th November 2009. Do not hesitate to contact us.
If you have further questions:

e-mail: az@aller-aqua.pl
phone: +48 696 883 233.

Aller Aqua: 3rd International Sturgeon Conference


15.03.2009 WSCS General Assembly 2009

The General Assembly of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society will take place on:

March 15th, 2009, 15:00 – 18:00 hrs
at the Conference Room, First Floor, City Hall,
21629 Neu Wulmstorf, Germany

Attached please find also the tentative Agenda for the General Assembly. For local arrangements please contact the home office and we will assist in advising on best travel and accommodation.

Looking forward to seeing you at the General Assembly 2009

Harald Rosenthal, President

Tentative Agenda


25.10.-30.10. Announcement of the ISS 6 (International Symposium on Sturgeons 2009)

The 6th International Symposium on Sturgeon will be held from the 25th to 30th October 2009 at the Wuhan Science and Technology Exhibition Center in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The China National Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Association in collaboration with the World Sturgeon Conservation Society, the Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS, the Institute of Hydroecology, MWR & CAS invites you to attend the 6th International Symposium on Sturgeons. This 6th Symposium will continue the highly successful series of symposia that have brought together sturgeon scientists, experts, biologists, students, enforcement authorities, fish farmers and representatives from the industry to review the latest discoveries in sturgeon biology, ecology, aquaculture, hygiene and diseases, processing technology of sturgeon products, management, stock assessment, regulation and other fields related to sturgeon conservation. This will be the first of the symposia to be held in China.

More details about this symposium such as accommodations, traveling, the tentative program and the call for papers can be found on the official ISS 6 website. Individuals who are interested in giving a presentation at this meeting should follow the instructions provided at the Call for Papers and fill out the online form on the ISS 6 website. The deadline for abstracts is the 25. July 2009.

Recently the WSCS president visited China and met with the committee members. In the following months the WSCS will report on details of the ISS 6 , the available facilities, arrangements and program components.


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Conferences 2008


17.-21.08. Sturgeon day at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Ottawa, Canada

At the American Fisheries Society 138th Annual Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on August 17-21, 2008, a session was organized entitled, “Sustainable sturgeon: conservation of sturgeon populations in the face of increasing resource demands and climatic change”. The theme of the session was sturgeon conservation and population sustainability in the midst of climate change and growing resource demands on water and land-use due to increasing human populations. Presentations focused on North American species, and covered topics such as (1) genetic diversity and relatedness of populations, (2) larval behavior and downstream dispersal, (3) juvenile and adult ecology, distribution, movement and habitat selection, and (4) population modeling, recovery potential, and restoration progress. At the Conference, there were over 50 presentations on aspects of sturgeon biology and conservation. Many of the presentations are being considered for publication in the Journal of Applied Ichthyology, following peer-review. An excerpt from the sturgeon session and the abstracts of papers can be viewed at:

AFS Sturgeon abstracts, Ottawa, Canada, August 2008

20.-21.05. WAS-WSCS joint sessions on sturgeons at the World Aquaculture 2008 in Busan, Korea

"Aquaculture For Human Wellbeing – The Asian Perspective" was the headline at the "Aquaculture 2008" in Busan, Korea. During 52 sessions a total of 547 presentations were given including a large variety of topics such as freshwater prawns, shrimp diseases, crayfish, crabs and other species, recirculating systems, offshore aquaculture, alternative approaches to aquaculture, polyculture and integrated aquaculture, finfish hatchery and nursery, fish health and tilapia. The WSCS contributed with a WAS-WSCS joint sessions program on sturgeons over a two days period to this well known annual conference. The "WSCS Sturgeon Session" was chaired by WSCS president Dr. H. Rosenthal and co chaired by Dr. Kim. The actual program of the sessions can be downloaded and viewed at:

WAS – WSCS joint Sturgeon Session, Busan , Korea, May 2008

15.-16.05. International Workshop on Sturgeon Conservation and Breeding

International Workshop on Sturgeon Conservation and Breeding in Szarvas, Hungary HAKI, Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation, (as part of the 32. Scientific Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture) Sturgeon issues are gaining attention in central and eastern Europe. A workshop was held on a number of topics related to aquaculture and conservation of these highly endangered species. The workshop was supported by the project called „Sustainable use of sterlet and development of sterlet aquaculture in Serbia and Hungary”. (ID. HUSER0602/155). The project is also part of the Hungarian-Romanian as well as the Hungarian-Serbian and Montenegrin Cross-Border Cooperation Program with co assistance of the European Union and the Republic of Hungary. The two day workshop covered overview presentations and original contributions. The program and some of the abstacts presented can be found at:

Program International Workshop on Sturgeons, Szarvas

06.04. WSCS General Assembly 2008

The General Assembly of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society will take place on April 6th 2008 at the

Istanbul University, Baltalimany Sosyal Tesisleri
Baltalimany Kemik Hastanesi Yany No 84
Baltalimany, Istanbul Turkey
Blue Meeting Room, 1 st Floor (Baltalimany Guesthouse)

For further details on meeting place see the website of the University guesthouse.

Attached please find also the tentative Agenda for the General Assembly. The meeting be held in conjunction with a one day Mini-Symposium, addressing sturgeon issues of the region and world-wide.

Also, there is a chance for arranging a site visit to sturgeon culture facilities the day after the meeting, visiting by bus (2 hours trip one way) the facilities at Sapanca. For local arrangements and hotel reservations, please contact the local organisers who are very keen to serve us effectively. The contact partner in Istanbul is Dr. Devrim Memis

Tentative Agenda


17.04. EAS-WSCS joint session on sturgeons at "Aquaculture Europe 08" Krakow, Poland

The annual Meeting of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) was held in Krakow, Poland, between Sep 15 and 18, 2008. The overall theme of this years conference focused on "Resource Management: natural, human and material resources for the sustainable development of aquaculture". Therefore it was appropriate to include a session on sturgeons which emphasized not only commercial aquaculture of these highly valued species but also draw clear attention to the needs for "CONSERVATION CULTURE" of the highly endangered sturgeons.

For details on the session, posters and the conclusions drawn, please click on the pdf file below:

EAS-WSCS joint sturgeon session


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Conferences 2007


11.09.-15.09. Workshop on Fish Stock Assessment Methods for Lakes and Reservoirs: Towards the true picture of fish stock

This workshop will be held by the Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences, Institute of Hydrobiology of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) and Task Group 4‚ Fish Monitoring of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN/TC230/WG2/TG4) To learn about adequate stock assessment methodologies is an important issue in sturgeon fishery management as well. We wish to draw the attention to this workshop.

For more information, please visit www.fsamlr2007.czweb.org


02.09.-06.09. American Fisheries Society 137th Annual Meeting - San Francisco

We wish to draw the attention to this meeting regular meeting of the American Fisheries Society as it will include this time an extended session on sturgeons. Sofar, over 60 !! titles have been submitted, however, at present it is not known how many of those have yet been accepted or will be presented. Have a look at the attached pdf-file which lists tentatively the submitted titles.

submitted sturgeon papers


29.08.-31.08. International Workshop on the Biology of Fish Sperm

The first international Workshop on the Biology of Fish Sperm will be held from August 29-31, 2007, in Vodnany, Czech Republic. The programme will also include papers on sturgeon spermatozoa but will also address general issues on sperm biology and physiology which are in principle of high relevance to sturgeon aquaculturist. Key subject areas are:
Spermatogenesis and sperm maturation
Composition of sperm
Key factors triggering the motility of fish spermatozoa
Sperm cell signaling in fish
Reviving motility and fertilizability in “exhausted” spermatozoa
Energy consumption during spermatozoa motility: why duration of motility is it so short?
Activity of acrosomal enzymes of fish spermatozoa
Short storage and cryopreservation of fish sperm
For more information, please visit www.vurh.jcu.cz/Website/Home_page.htm

Workshop Summary

Workshop Recommendations


18.06.-21.06. Challenges for Diadromous Fishes In a Dynamic Global Environment

This international symposium will review the current state of scientific knowledge with respect to the biology, ecology, and conservation of diadromous fishes. The symposium theme will build upon the very successful 1986 symposium, Common Strategies of Anadromous and Catadromous Fishes (Dadswell et al. 1987. Am. Fish. Soc. Symp. 1). However, emphasis will be expanded to address how recent alterations to the environment have affected diadromous fishes and their role in aquatic ecosystems. Participation from social scientists and fisheries managers with perspectives on approaches to diadromous species conservation and management is also encouraged. The symposium will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) from June 18-21, 2007.


19.03.-20.03. 2007 WSCS Board meeting and General Assembly

The 2007 WSCS Board meeting and General Assembly will be beld from March 19 to 20, 2007 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The place of the venue was chosen because it will be the location of the next International Symposium on Sturgeons (ISS6). The decision was taken already at the ISS5 Board meeting and confirmed at the WSCS Board Meeting held in Piacenza, Italy, in 2006.

Attached is the detailed Agenda for the General Assembly. We believe that this meeting will provide a unique opportunity for most of the Chinese Society members to participate in the event. Additionally, the Board of Directors will meet and discuss the planning of the ISS6 jointly with the respective organising Institutions, especially with Prof. Jianbo Chang, Institute for Hydroecology , Ministry of Water Resources & Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, Hubei; Prof. Wei Qiwei = Key Laboratory of Freshwater Fish Germplasm Resources and Biotechnology, Ministry of Agriculture of China Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science, Jingzhou, Hubei; Representatives of IHB = Institute for Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, Hubei and other organisations such as the Authority of the Three Gorges Dam Project and the city administration in Wuhan.

Please have a look at the tentative agenda of the Meeting:

Tentative Agenda


12.03 - 14.03 First International Workshop on Advanced Techniques in Sturgeon Fish Larviculture

to be held at the Artemia & Aquatic Animals Research Institute, Urmia University, Urmia – Iran and co-organized by four organisations, including WSCS

Rearing sturgeon larvae for aquaculture and ranching is still a bottleneck. The workshop aims to bring together sturgeon rearing experts from around the world to share their experience and discuss modern techniques and advances in rearing strategies and protocols.

The major subject areas to be dealt with are
Techniques used in induced spawning of the Sturgeons
Techniques and protocols for improved egg care during incubation and, hatching
Nutritional requirements and feeding strategies for weaning of sturgeon larvae
Disease and disease control in Sturgeon fish Larviculture

Workshop Announcment


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Conferences 2006


29.11.-30.11. 2006 Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting

Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center
2186 Shunk Road
Sault St. Marie, MI 49783

1-800-KEWADIN or 1-800-539-2346

For Details see the attached pdf-files:




29.09.-01.10. 2nd Status Workshop on Identification of Acipenseriformes Species in Trade

IUCN, the Sturgeon Species Survival Group and WSCS is organising a Workshop on the subject. The Symposium will be held in Berlin (Germany), at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. Accurate species and population identification is the first step in every conservation programme and is critical for the enforcement of commercial control measures, particularly preventing illegal trade. The workshop will focus on an exchange of ideas among international specialists from sturgeon range states workign with traditional, molecular and/or biochemical methods for species, population and stock identification. For further information, please click on the attachment.

Programme and pictures



To combat illegal trade in caviar

The European Union will host a special workshop (by invitation only) to focus on option how to combat illegal trade of caviar. The workshop will focus on three specific aspects: (1) identifying the status quo and the key problems; (2) search for potential solutions of the identified problems, and (3) summarizing the learning points and identifying actions to combat illegal trade.

Draft Agenda

Conclusions of the Enforcement Workshop


08.06. WSCS General Assembly 2006

The WSCS General Assembly 2006 will take place June 8, 2006 (16:00-19:00 hours) in Piacenza, (Via Garibaldi 50) Italy. This years General Assembly will be a special event because their will be a sturgeon study tour attached to it. Further details and the Tentative Agenda for the meeting can be found in the attached pdf-document. Please click here on "Tentative Agenda":

Minutes of the General Assembly

Tentative Agenda


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Conferences 2005


06.07.-07.07. An Expert Workshop announced to prepare an "Action Plan for Danube Sturgeons"

Rcently, an ad-hoc Workshop has been announced to prepare and Action Plan for Danube Sturgeons. This workshop will take place in Petronell, Austria, on 6-7 July 2005. The Workshop will be Organised and supported by: Austrian Ministry of Environment, Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), International Association for Danube Research (IAD), WWF Austria and WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, and National Park Donauauen. The WSCS President has been invited to participate and WSCS is offering expertise and cooperation. Well aware of the many scientific meetings and amount of scientific literature published on the status of sturgeons, this workshop will not try to duplicate but to take the existing knowledge a step forward. The aim is to identify - together with the participants - recommendations for conservation actions for Danube sturgeons. These recommendations will lead towards an "Action Plan”, which will be published by the Council of Europe and presented to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention, most likely in December of this year.


10.05. WSCS General Assembly 2005

Dear WSCS Member,

the General Assembly 2005 of the Society will take place in conjunction with the 5th International Sturgeon Symposium on May 10, 2005; 20:30 - 21:30 hrs at the RAMSAR AZADI HOTELS, Rajaie St. , 4691719795 Ramsar, Iran.
The meeting will be held in the MAIN CONFERNECE HALL. Please click on the PDF-file to learn about the agenda. Further documentation will be posted also shortly before the meeting. We hope that many members will attend the ISS5 and therefore will have an opportunity to participate also in the General Assembly, meeting with board members and join in the discussions on future directives of the WSCS activities.

Minutes of the General Assembly Meeting, May 10, 2005



09.05.-13.05. Announcement of the ISS 5 (International Symposium on Sturgeons 2005)

The 5th International Symposium on Sturgeons is planned to be held from the 9 to 13 May 2005 in Ramsar, Iran.
This symposium will be the fifth of the highly successful series of symposia that have brought together sturgeon scientists, experts, biologists, students, enforcement authorities, commercial and industrial interests to review the latest discoveries in sturgeon biology, ecology, genetics, aquaculture, management, regulation and other fields related to sturgeon conservation. This will be the first of the symposia to be held in Iran.
The website for ISS5 has been opened on the internet. Presently, the planning of the Symposium is making substantial progress. Those interested to participate should submit titles for papers/posters now and provide an abstract no later than August 15, 2004.
Recently, the WSCS President visited the Symposium site. He will report soon on details of the available facilities, arrangements and programme components. 


20.09.-24.09. First Announcement of the International Conference

The conference will be held in the I. D. Papanin Institute of the Biology of Inland Waters Ac. Sci. Russia, Borok, Yaroslavl, Russia

Scientific Topics:
- fate, bioavailability, biotransformation, and bioaccumulation of pollutants;
- biochemical, physiological, behavioral, and whole-organism responses to toxic impacts;
- structural and functional characteristics of aquatic ecosystems under toxic impacts;
- assessment of toxicity, genotoxicity, and carcinogenecity of water and bottom sediments;
- problems of adaptation of aquatic organisms to pollution;
- water quality standardization, biotesting, bioindicators, and biomonitoring;
- experimental and theoretic modeling in aquatic toxicology;
- ecotoxicological condition of regional water bodies and the problem of regional water quality standards;
- biological responses of sturgeons to anthropogenic pollution

1st Announcement

Letter of Inquiry


19.03 Symposium and 39th Annual Meeting
"Conserving California-Nevada Fisheries into the Future"

is hosting the Symposium

"Green Sturgeon and the Environment"

A series of sessions adressing the current status of Green sturgeon research have been prepared with international participation.



23.02.-09.03 Public meetings to discuss Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Regulations

The Department of Natural Resources will be conducting three public meetings following the close of the 2005 Winnebago Pool sturgeon spearing season to discuss regulation options for future seasons.

Following the short 2004 season many spearers made suggestions on how we might be able to have longer harvest seasons, but at the same time maintain safe harvest levels, and an open fishery. The Winnebago Citizens Sturgeon Advisory Committee has reviewed these suggestions along with DNR Fisheries Staff and would like to review them further with the public.



11.01.-13.01. Scaphirhynchus Conference Announced

A special conference on the Alabama, Pallid, and Shovelnose Sturgeon will take place between January 11 and 13 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA under the chairmanship of Dr. Thomas Keevin and Dr. Richard Mayden, St. Louis,. The Scaphirhynchus Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel-St. Louis Downtown. All aspects of Alabama sturgeon, pallid sturgeon, and shovelnose sturgeon biology will be open for presentation. For more information concerning the conference (abstract preparation information, currently submitted abstracts, etc.) see our web site: http://bio.slu.edu/mayden/conferences/sturgeon.html or the attached pdf-file.

Scaphirhynchus Conference


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Conferences 2004


19.10.-21.10. Workshop on Strategic Fisheries Research Issues and their impact on management, Conservaition and Development of Caspian Fisheries

to be held in Baku, Zaerbaijan

This meeting is part of the EU project on "Sustainable Management of Caspian Fisheries in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan,", aspart of EU/TACIS/CEP (Caspian Environment Programme). The workshop will address:
- Restocking of sturgeon
- Illegal Fishing
- Caspian regional sturgeon tagging programmes
- Mnemiopsis (black Jellyfish) and ecological modeling
- Population/fishery assessments, TAC modeling and determing national quotas
- Sturgeon escapement from trawl nets
- Sturgeon spawning grounds and other issues that Caspian Countries, NFPs, SAPICs and Research institutes may wish to raise.

Aims and Objectives


23.08.-27.08. Workshop "Man-made Aquatic Habitats Alterations and their Effects on Sturgeon Populations"

to be held in conjunction with the
19th International Congress of Zoology, Beijing, China

Aims and Objectives
Workshop Programme
Conclusions and Recommendations

August Symposium on "Sturgeon Population Rehabilitation and Management"

to be held at the
134th Annual Meeting of the American Fishery Society
Madison, WI, USA

This Meeting is bringing together mainly North American experts on sturgeon rehabilitation and management programs. It is strongly endorsed by the World Sturgeon Conservation Society and will take place in parallel to the Workshop on "Sturgeon Man-made Aquatic Habitats Alterations and their Effects on Sturgeon Populations" held in conjunction with the 19th International Congress of Zoology, Beijing, both in preparation of ISS5.

For details see the this pdf-file:
Final Summary incl. Speakers and Topics

22.08. Proposed Workshop on "Sturgeon Reproductive Biology: Application to Stock Management."

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Symposium held at the 134th AFS meeting. It includes a study tour and project demonstrations at the Milwaukee Laboratory, Wisconsin.

See the preliminary Announcement and click on the pdf-file.
Preliminary Announcement

Spring 2004 Meeting of the joint EIFAC/GFCM Ad hoc Working Party on Management of Sturgeon

29.01. "A Forum on the Future of Fraser River White Sturgeon"
Place of Venue: Skway Hall, 44860 Wolfe Rd, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Time of venue: January 29th 2004, 09:30 hrs - 16:00 hrs

Hosted by: Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society, BC Aboriginal Fisheries Commission, Fraser Basin Council

Objectives of the Forum
Reports: Public Forum and Technical Group Meeting


17.01. World Sturgeon Conservation Society

Place of Venue: City Hall Neu Wulmstorf, Hauptstrasse, 21629 Neu Wulmstorf, Germany

time 14:00 - 17:00 hours

Minutes of the General Assembly Meeting, January 17, 2004
Agenda of the General Assembly
List of Participants
Message from the Vice-President
Written Comments by Dr. Martin Bilio


16.01.-18.01. WSCS 2004 Board Meeting
Place of Venue: City Hall Neu Wulmstorf, Hauptstrasse, 21629 Neu Wulmstorf, Germany

Executive Summary of the Board Meeting available for members only. To obtain a copy, please contact the home office.


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Conferences 2003


29.10.-01.11. 20th Annual Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada
Progressing Through Culture - Two Decades and Beyond

Special Session on Sturgeon The Future of Sturgeon: Commercial Aquaculture and Conservation Hatcheries
Location: Victoria, British Columbia 

Sturgeon Session Abstracts


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Conferences 2000


20.08.-24.08. Biology, Management, and Protection of Sturgeon
Location: St. Louis, MO Description and Abstracts...

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