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Beluga Sturgeon Threatened With Extinction, Yet Caviar Quotas Remain Unchanged

Beluga Sturgeon. [CR] The beluga is the largest European freshwater fish. The beluga is a huge and late-maturing fish that can live for 118 years. Over harvesting of Beluga caviar, which is the eggs of the sturgeon, has caused a 90% decline in beluga sturgeon populations. Unfortunately the fish must be killed in order to retrieve the eggs. The trade in beluga caviar is worth some 100 million annually. The U.S. is the biggest consumer of these precious salted sturgeon eggs.


Russian Caviar: White Sturgeon Caviar 1 Ounce Tin Delicious and creamy-tasting caviar, characterized by a color ranging from dark-brown to grey and lightly amber. This caviar is obtained from the White Sturgeon (Acipenser Transmontanus) i.e. the biggest sized sturgeon after the Beluga. See more: #russiancaviar #delicious

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5 facts about Beluga Sturgeon:The sea monster in danger


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Almas "diamond" cavier, so rare and expensive because the Beluga fish takes over 20 years to mature, and are rare to come by. They are the oldest survivors however, of the dinosaur era. They cost $8,000 to $15,000 a pound. Waiting list is 4 years.


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Reaching lengths of 24 feet (7 m) and weights of more than 3500 pounds (1500 kilos), the Beluga Sturgeon is the largest sturgeon and one of the largest bony fishes in the world. It has a life cycle similar to the salmons in that it hatches in freshwater rivers, spends most of its adult life in saltwater seas, and returns each year to spawn upriver. Unlike the salmons, Beluga Sturgeon reproduce year after year, and large individuals may live for over 100 years.