Ship Sturgeon

Ship Sturgeon (Acipenser nudiventris) was never abundant in the Danube River basin. Ship Sturgeon are Critically Endangered and they are listed as extinct in Romania and Bulgaria.

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Facts and Figures

  • The species was never abundant in the Danube River basin. In 2009, the last Ship Sturgeon was caught in Hungary, in the Middle Danube. There have been no documented catches in Romania for at least 30-40 years.
  • The last scientifically recorded catch of Ship Sturgeon in Romania was in the 1950s. Ship Sturgeons are listed as extinct in Romania and Bulgaria.
  • The Ship Sturgeon likes to live at sea, close to shores and estuaries.
    In freshwater it favours deep stretches of large rivers.
  • The Ship Sturgeon spends at least part of its life in salt water, returning to rivers to breed, but some non-migratory freshwater populations also exist.

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Ship Sturgeon (acipenser nudiventris)

Ship Sturgeon (Acipenser nudiventris)
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