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.
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
Genetic Material: Fertilized eggs, larvae
For Commercial Use: Not at this time
For consumption: Not at this time
For more information related to the status of Osetra sturgeon in the wild, you may download a species report here.