Beluga Sturgeon in Caspian Sea Reclassified as ‘Critically Endangered’

ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2010) — The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) formally announced the reclassification of beluga sturgeon in the Caspian Sea as “critically endangered” on its Red List on March 18, providing strong evidence that fishing and international trade should be halted and a stock-rebuilding plan should be initiated immediately. Beluga sturgeon populations have been decimated in part due to unrelenting exploitation for black caviar — the sturgeon’s unfertilized eggs — considered the finest in the world

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