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Co-ordination of the European freshwater fishes component of the European Red List was carried out by Kevin Smith and Emma Brooks (IUCN Global Species Programme, Freshwater Biodiversity Unit) with Annabelle Cuttelod (IUCN Global Species Programme, Red List Unit) and Ana Nieto (IUCN Regional Office for Pan-Europe) with support and guidance from Will Darwall and Jean-Christophe Vié.

We would like to thank Yichuan Shi and Adrian Hughes for providing support and advice in relation to GIS, and particularly to Andrew Ladle who undertook the GIS analysis for this report. Red List guidance was provided by Caroline Pollock and Maiko Lutz, and Melanie Bilz also deserves thanks for providing sound advice throughout the project. The finances of the project have also been efficiently managed by Maureen Martindell and Amy Burden.

The writing of this report was supported by the Biofresh Project (funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework programme, Contract No. 226874). We would especially like to thank Chester Zoo for their support in the organisation of the sturgeon workshop (through the IUCN/WI Freshwater Fishes Specialist Group).

The European Red List Assessment of Freshwater Fishes, and consequently this report, were made within the framework of a service contract with the European Commission (Service Contract No. 070307/2007/483305/MAR/B2). All opinions, results, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission, or the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

All of IUCN's Red Listing processes rely on the willingness of scientists to contribute and pool their collective knowledge to make the most reliable estimates of species status. Without their enthusiastic commitment to species conservation, this kind of regional overview would not be possible.

We would therefore like to acknowledge the committed work of Europe's ichthyologists who have provided information and expertise to this project. In particular we would like to thank Maurice Kottelat who along with the primary author of the European Red List of Freshwater Fishes report, Jörg Freyhof, provided the bulk of the species data and acted as the assessor or reviewer for the majority of the species. We would also like to thank the Freshwater Fishes Specialist Group, the Salmon Specialist Group and the Sturgeon Specialist Group, and all the other species assessors and reviewers who contributed to this project:

  • Arlati, G.
  • Arshad, U.
  • Atkinson, S.
  • Barbieri, R.
  • Beens, K.
  • Beresford, A.
  • Bianco, P.G.
  • Bin, Z.
  • Bogutskaya, N.
  • Bohlen, J.
  • Bronzi,P.
  • Brooks, E.
  • Carmona, J.
  • Cealich, E.
  • Chang, J.
  • Chebanov, M.
  • Chenery, A.
  • Collen, B.
  • Congiu, L.
  • Crivelli, A.J.
  • Darwall, W.
  • Devi, R.
  • Devrim, M.
  • Doadrio, I.
  • Doukakais, P.
  • Du, H.
  • Elvira, B.
  • Erk'akan, F.
  • Gadich, E.
  • Gesner, J.
  • Halkett, G.
  • Hammerson, G.
  • Haxton, T.
  • Hilton, E.
  • Karaji, A.
  • Karatash, A.
  • Ludwig, A.
  • Lukey, J.R.
  • Mrakovcic, M.
  • Mugue, N.
  • Munroe, T.A.
  • Nagshi, S.S.
  • Norouzi, M.
  • Noyon, M.
  • Pikitch, E.
  • Pourkazemi, M.
  • Povz, M.
  • Qiwei, W.
  • Rad, S.S.
  • Ram, M.
  • Richman, N.
  • Rochard, E.
  • Rosenthal, H.
  • Rossir, R.
  • Ruban, G.
  • Schreier, A.D.
  • Shakourian, M.
  • Shariat, F.
  • Skopets, M.
  • Smith, K.
  • Suciu, R.
  • Switzer, D.
  • Taati, R.
  • Tajan, M.N.
  • Van Tassell, J.L.
  • Wanzenböck, J.
  • Wickström, H.
  • Williot, P.
  • Zerunian, S.
  • Zhang, H.