Blue Ocean Institute


Species has a combination of problems such as overfishing, high bycatch, and poor management.
Sturgeon and Paddlefish – US & Canada These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

The wild Sturgeon populations of the U.S. and Canada are suffering from overfishing and habitat degradation. Because these species are long-lived, and little is known about habitat requirements, recovery will be slow. Management is weak because coordination of management agencies is poor, and there is insufficient data on populations to determine sustainable catch levels.

Full species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury and PCBs that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury and PCBs in sturgeon. Check out our mercury in seafood section.