Is caviar really damaging to the sturgeon population?



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    Yes, caviar is damaging to the sturgeon population. Caviar has long been considered a delicacy.From the ancient Greeks to the Persians, caviar is enjoyed by many. Caviar is made from the unfertilized eggs of female sturgeon and paddlefish. Sturgeon is actually one of the oldest and largest species of fish on earth. Fossils of Sturgeons date back to 250 million years ago. Sturgeons are found in rivers, lakes, and in coastal marine areas but can also be found in the sea where they go to spawn and lay their eggs. there twenty five species of Sturgeons and Sturgeons are apart of the Acipenseridae family. The Beluga, also known as the giant Sturgeon is the most prized caviar. The Beluga can live up to 150 years and can grow as large as 20 feet and weight as much as 2,500 lbs.

    Canada and the US are the major suppliers of caviar and are suppliers to European countries. The shortnose Sturgeon is now apart of the endangered species list. Over fishing will cause the extincttion of these fishes.

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