Russian Osetra sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) are listed as a “critically endangered” species on the IUCN Red List and are protected by CITES.

The most prominent of all sturgeon species today, Osetra have taken the place of Beluga during their market absence.  

The species endured a 90% decline in global stocks over the last 60 years.

Species Characteristics

Wild range: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Ukraine

Habitat: Anadromous from salt seas to fresh water rivers for spawning

Adult length: 4-6 ft

Adult weight: 60-80 lbs

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Genetic Material: Fertilized eggs, larvae

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For more information related to the status of Osetra sturgeon in the wild, you may download a species report here