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7 Breeding Sturgeons In Astrakhan

Breeding Sturgeons In Astrakhan

Posted on October 11, 2011 by


About 80% of the world population of sturgeons inhabit in the Caspian Sea. Beluga, Russian sturgeon, sterlet and starred sturgeon are endemic to the Caspian basin.

Sturgeons have been living on the planet for over five million years. This fish has outlived mammoths and dinosaurs and now humans threaten to exterminate it. Sturgeons are long-livers; beluga can live up to 150 years but now it is under the threat of extinction. Although it has no dangerous enemies in nature, poaching causes its uncontrolled extermination. There are several fish farms in the Astrakhan Region which breed surgeons. ‘BIOS’ KaspNIRKh is one of the largest farms which combines research and industrial activities. It is a big maternity hospital for fish. They breed the sturgeons from spawn and treat each of them with love and care.

‘BIOS’ had received and executed the following government order: to breed 560 thousand pieces of sturgeons and release them into the Volga River and the Caspian Sea. So, there is hope that 10-20 year later when the fish which has been released, will come back to the Volga for spawning, thus saving the population.

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7 Responses to “Breeding Sturgeons In Astrakhan”

  1. geoff says:

    Gee, what else can live for a 150 years. That is if it does not get caught.

    • yojimbo says:

      Trees can live well past 100 years so can some species of tortoises some tortoises live over 200 years.

      This is an interesting article back when I was in high school in the mid 90’s we had a program where we went to this fish US Federal Government Fish Hatchery and worked.The CIS had paid the US Government to raise Beluga in the US and they got shipped to Russia to be released into the wild.I assume they did this because at the time the CIS did not fully trust its own Game Wardens at the time.

    • D says:

      turtles, trees, elephants, sponges, lobsters… etc.

    • Archy Bunka says:

      Never mind that the fish smell reminds me…what’s FEMEN up to?

  2. Schzam says:

    Damn! Russians are trying to make crocodiles!

  3. audeamus says:

    i’ve never seen a spoonbill catfish before, hope some can be put back in the wild

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