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.

Species Characteristics

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

Products Available

Genetic Material: Fertilized eggs and larvae

For Commercial use: Hide and Isinglass

For Consumption: Meat, Caviar, Liver and Notocord

Product Description

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