More information

Sturgeon

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Green
Second choice
Avoid
Bycatch
Informatie over vissoort
Lees meer
General

Sturgeon

The sturgeon (Acipenseridae) has an elongated body and a pointed head with a long snout. It has cartilage plates instead of scales. Sturgeons can grow very big, up to 6 meters long, 1000 kg in weight and over 100 years old. The fish becomes sexually mature when they are about 10 years old. The eggs of the sturgeon (caviar) are considered a delicacy. The fish used to be found in most Dutch rivers, but has now disappeared. Several organisations work on a reintroduction the European sturgeon. Caviar and sturgeon meat are covered by the CITES trade list. These are products that may only be traded under strict regulations, such as special certificates. Because sturgeon eggs are such a high-quality product, a lot of cheap caviar is currently imported from outside Europe (often China) and further processed. As a result, the origin can no longer be traced. Caviar and sturgeon meat is mostly farmed.

Sturgeon

Acipenseridae spp.
Origin

Worldwide

Farming- / Catch method

Recirculation aquaculture system (RAS)

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Source usage
Impact on the environment
Management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

Sturgeon is mainly farmed for the quality caviar and meat. The farming of sturgeon in [recirculation systems] (RAS) is not done at a large scale yet, but sturgeon is often grown in the first life stages in RAS. The advantage of farming sturgeon in RAS is that there are little to no negative effects on the environment.

The feed in farmed fish is often not sustainable because it consists of ingredients that are not sustainably caught or produced. There are however steps taken by the industry to make the feed more sustainable by decreasing the ratio of fish meal and fish oil.

Caviar and sturgeon meat are on the CITES trade list. These are products that are allowed to be traded only under heavy regulation, like special certificates. Regulation for farms differs between the producing countries.

 

Sturgeon

Acipenseridae spp.
Origin

Worldwide

Farming- / Catch method

Raceways (flow-through system)

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Source usage
Impact on the environment
Management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

Sturgeon is mainly farmed for its quality caviar and meat. Sturgeon is mostly farmed in China, Russia and the EU. Farming of sturgeon in [raceways] or ponds can have several possible negative effects on the environment. There is a risk of escapes, [eutrophication] of the surrounding water and the spread of diseases and parasites to fish in the direct ecosystem.

The feed used for sturgeon is often not sustainable because it consists of ingredients that are not sustainably caught or produced. However, there are steps taken by the industry to make the feed more sustainable by decreasing the ratio of fish meal and fish oil.

Caviar and sturgeon meat are on the CITES trade list. These are products that are allowed to be traded only under heavy regulation, with special certificates. Because of its highvalue, there is now a trend that cheap produced caviar from outside the EU (mainly from China) is imported, further processed within the EU, so it can be sold as European sturgion.

Fish & season

Sturgeon is a farmed fish. The season is therefore not important.

 

ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.

Avoid

Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.

By-catch

This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.

GlobalG.A.P.

GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.

Organic

Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.

Je gebruikt een verouderde browser. Hierdoor kunnen we de werking en veiligheid van de website niet garanderen. Bekijk hier de alternatieven.