Water pollution with DTT in the 60’s – 70’s endangered the otter species in Europe but, with conservation efforts, the situation is improving.
The most important threats to otter population in our country are the following:
• The impact the construction of micro hydropower plants has on otters habitat;
• Water pollution with household and industrial chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, mercury and fertilizers;
• Fish traps (fishing nets, stake nets, cast nets) which accidentally trap otters, being attracted by captive fish.
• Food quantity decrease because of intensive fishing.
• The existence of the American otter, an invasive species.
WHAT WE DO
• Conduct field research and inventorize the species in protected areas;
• Raise people’s awareness on the necessity of otter conservation;
• Gather and analyze national data regarding the conservation status of the otter, through an online platform, a ‘citizen science’ strategy where everyone can contribute to gain better knowledge and monitor the conservation status of the otter.