Sturgeon farming in Western Europe: recent developments and perspectives.

Aquatic Living Resources 14(6), November 2001:367-374. DOI:


Sturgeon production in Western Europe originating from aquaculture in 1999 was approximately 1300 t revealing an increasing trend. Three species represent 95 % of the annual production: white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) 43 %, Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) 34 %, and Adriatic sturgeon (Acipenser naccarii) 18 %. The remainder is provided by various species including hybrids. The main countries in decreasing order of production are Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Poland. Fish are fed commercial formulated diet. The most significant changes in the sturgeon industry during recent years have been in the ownership of farms, in the emergence of the pond as a production system, and in the increasing caviar production from farmed sturgeon. In 1999, the production of farmed caviar from France and Italy, originating from Siberian and white sturgeon, respectively was close to 6 t. The number of active sturgeon farms in Western Europe is estimated to be approximately thirty, half of which are hatcheries. This paper presents different strategies and management approaches in sturgeon production and caviar processing. The potential caviar market and its dynamics are assessed and likely changes are discussed. Finally, some of the scientific investigations needed to improve and support this development are highlighted. Five different fields are distinguished: biological reserve, genetics, reproduction, farming, and quality of end products.


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Fish community structure and depth-related trends on the continental slope of the Balearic Islands (Algerian basin, western Mediterranean) Mediterranean).

Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 171: 247-259


A total of 13 026 fishes belonging to 82 species and 43 famllies were collected in a continuous transect between depths of 200 and 1800 m south of the Baleanc Islands (Algerian basin, western Mediterranean). The analysis of 32 bottom trawls showed the existence of 4 groups associated with the upper slope (groups 1 and 2, from 200 to 400 and 400 to 800 m, respectivelv), middle slope (group 3, from 800 to 1400 m) and lower slope (group 4, below a depth of 1400 m) Thc differcnces in the mean values of the ecological parameters species richness, abundance, biomass and mean fish weight were also indicative of distinctive characteristics between these fish assemblages. Species richness decreased significantly with depth. The highest values of diversity corresponded to the samples from group 2. Biomass did not show any specific trend throughout the whole bathymetric range. Mean fish weight show 2 different trends along the continental slope: a bigger-deeper phenomenon at the upper 1000 to 1200 m depth. and a smaller-deeper phenomenon below this depth. Our results are compared with those obtained in the north Atlantic basin and in the western Mediterranean (Balearic basin), and the main factol-s affecting these deep-sea fish assemblages are discussed.

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DAVENPORT, J. (1985)

Synopsis of Biological Data on the Lumpsucker Cyclopterus lumpus (Linnaeus, 1758).

FAO Fish.Synop.147. 31 Seiten. Hrsg. FAO, Rom. ISBN 92-5-102330-1


This synopsis compiles and reviews the presently available information on identity, distribution, bionomics, life history, population structure and dynamics, exploitation, aquaculture and weed control potential of the lumpsucker, Cyclopterus lumpus (Linnaeus, 1758).



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MUUS, B. J. & NIELSEN, J. G. (2013)

Meeresfische Europas - Nordsee, Ostsee, Atlantik.

337 Seiten, mit 1159 Farbabbildungen, Strichzeichnungen und 280 Verbreitungskarten.
Franckh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart. ISBN 978-3-440-13515-0.


Das die Dänen ein fischendes Völkchen sind, merkt man dem Buch über die Meeresfische Europas von Muus und Nielsen deutlich an. Das Buch bietet von Lebensweise bis Fangtechnik, viel Hintergrundinformationen zu den einzelnen Fischen. Die jeweilige Verbreitungskarte erschließt sich dem Leser ebenso wie Nahrung, Verwendung und Larvendarstellungen. Die Betrachtung der Arten von Nord-, Ostsee und Atlantik bietet einen der größten Artenüberblicke. Großes Manko sind die Zeichnungen und das Register. Auch fehlen die in der früheren BLV Version vorhandenen Bestimmungsschlüssel. Trotzdem bietet es dem interessierten Angler, Taucher oder sonstigem Natur interessierten Leser gegenüber anderen Büchern teilweise deutlich weitergehende Informationen zu den einzelnen Tieren.


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