Blue Ocean Institute

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

With a lifespan up to 100 years, Beluga Sturgeon are naturally vulnerable to fishing pressure. Poor management, overfishing, pollution, and habitat destruction have contributed to severe population declines of this and other Caspian Sea sturgeon species. The high value of caviar has posed a major obstacle to stemming illegal trade in caviar.

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.