Sturgeons are the most endangered species group on earth. These gentle giants have been around since the age of the dinosaurs, but are now on the brink of extinction due to overfishing, a flourishing illegal caviar trade and habitat loss. A wave of new hydropower dams, particularly in the Danube basin, could be the final straw for some species. But we can still save sturgeons. And in the process, revive the rivers they live in for the benefit of people and nature.
WWF is working with communities, civil society, companies, scientists, law enforcement authorities and governments across the world to save these extraordinary fish. Sturgeons are economically and culturally important in every river basin and country across their traditional range. We are aiming to rebuild their populations by tackling the illegal caviar trade and enhancing the health of river systems, which are the lifeblood of both people and fish.
Fighting the Black Market
WWF, together with TRAFFIC, is fighting the black market in key countries by collecting evidence of the illegal caviar trade, raising public awareness, and advocating for stronger enforcement policies. As a large domestic and export market for caviar, Russia is a major focus.
Long Term Solutions
Protect and Restore
Stop Illegal Fishing
WWF is partnering with key organizations like the World Sturgeon Conservation Society, TRAFFIC, UNEP, IUCN, and others to influence policies, stop the illegal caviar trade, and breed and release sturgeon back into the wild.