Sterlet sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus) are listed as a “vulnerable” species on the IUCN Red List and are protected by CITES.
This small fresh water sturgeon was historically one of the most common in Russia. It was used for its meat and caviar. Sturgeon Aquafarms has the only live examples in the USA.
The species endured a 40% decline in global stocks over the last 60 years.
Wild range: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, China, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine
Habitat: Freshwater rivers
Adult length: 2-3 ft
Adult weight: 3-5 lbs
Genetic Material: Fertilized eggs and larvae
For Commercial use: Hide and Isinglass
For Consumption: Meat, Caviar, Liver and Notocord
MEAT: Its meat is white, soft and tender and with a pleasurably sweet and neutral flavor, seasoning well as a whole fish application.
CAVIAR: Its small dark beads have a smooth texture with a nutty and sweet taste similar to Sevruga.
For more information related to the status of Sterlet sturgeon in the wild, you may download a species report here.