Biology and Conservation of the European SturgeonAcipenser sturioL. 1758

The Reunion of the European and Atlantic Sturgeons

  • Patrick Williot
  • Eric Rochard
  • Nathalie Desse-Berset
  • Frank Kirschbaum
  • Jörn Gessner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Biology, History, Geographical Distribution and Status, from Past to Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. P. Williot, E. Rochard, N. Desse-Berset, J. Gessner, F. Kirschbaum
      Pages 3-11
    3. Frank Kirschbaum, Patrick Williot
      Pages 65-80
    4. Géraldine Lassalle, M. Béguer, E. Rochard
      Pages 81-90
    5. Olivier Chassaing, Nathalie Desse-Berset, Marilyne Duffraisse, Gaël Piquès, Catherine Hänni, Patrick Berrebi
      Pages 117-129
    6. Arne Ludwig, Arturo Morales-Muñiz, Eufrasia Roselló-Izquierdo
      Pages 131-146
    7. M. L. Acolas, G. Castelnaud, M. Lepage, E. Rochard
      Pages 147-152
    8. Patrick Williot, Thierry Rouault, Rémi Brun, Jörn Gessner
      Pages 165-175
    9. Ryszard Kolman, Andrzej Kapusta, Jacek Morzuch
      Pages 221-226
    10. Paolo Bronzi, Giuseppe Castaldelli, Stefano Cataudella, Remigio Rossi
      Pages 227-241
    11. Ryszard Kolman
      Pages 243-250
  3. Iconography of the European Sturgeon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Nathalie Desse-Berset, Patrick Williot
      Pages 259-282
  4. Restoration: Conservation of Acipenser sturio, Scientific and Political Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Frank Kirschbaum, Patrick Williot, Frank Fredrich, Ralph Tiedemann, Jörn Gessner
      Pages 309-333
    3. Philippe Jatteau, E. Rochard, M. Lepage, Christine Gazeau
      Pages 343-348
    4. Philippe Jatteau, G. Castelnaud, E. Rochard, J. Gessner, M. Lepage
      Pages 349-355
    5. Philippe Jatteau, Aude Lochet
      Pages 357-367
    6. Patrick Williot
      Pages 369-382
    7. Patrick Williot, Thierry Rouault, Rémi Brun, Marcel Pelard, Daniel Mercier
      Pages 383-394
    8. P. Williot, T. Rouault, R. Brun, M. Pelard, D. Mercier
      Pages 395-405
    9. M. L. Acolas, Charles Roqueplo, E. Rouleau, E. Rochard
      Pages 407-415
    10. E. Rochard, Patrick Lambert
      Pages 417-423
    11. Patrick Williot, Thierry Rouault, Rémi Brun, Marcel Pelard, Daniel Mercier, Louis Jacobs et al.
      Pages 425-438
    12. Patrick Williot, Patrick Chèvre
      Pages 439-448
    13. Patrick Chèvre, Julien Saint-Sevin, Daniel Mercier, Louis Jacobs, Patrick Williot
      Pages 449-453
    14. Ralph Tiedemann, Anja Schneider, Patrick Williot, Frank Kirschbaum
      Pages 455-464
    15. Ákos Horváth, Patrick Chèvre, Béla Urbányi
      Pages 465-475
  5. Restoration: Conservation Programmes of Acipenser oxyrinchus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 515-515
    2. Jörn Gessner, Gerd-Michael Arndt, Frank Fredrich, Arne Ludwig, Frank Kirschbaum, Ryszard Bartel et al.
      Pages 539-559
    3. Ryszard Kolman, Andrzej Kapusta, Arkadiusz Duda
      Pages 573-581
  6. Perspectives and Prospectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 583-583

About this book


The book aims at synthesizing our current knowledge of Acipenser sturio and its management. This species, one of the most widespread sturgeon species all over Western Europe ranging from the Black Sea to the Baltic, is now on the verge of extinction. Major aspects of its biology and management, including mismanagement, are provided in a historic perspective. Similarly, the changes in the restoration programs (in situ and ex situ) initiated in France and Germany are presented. As the species occurred in sympatry with Acipenser oxyrinchus in Germany and Poland and very recently in France as well, a brief outlook on restoration-management programs of A. oxyrinchus are also provided for both North America and Northern European countries, namely Germany and Poland. As conservation-restoration actions go beyond scientific issues, non-governmental stakeholders and marine professional fishermen’s organizations have also been asked to contribute, and the key role of a French-German cooperation plan is underlined. A part of the book is devoted to perspectives. Illustrations of the European sturgeon, mainly in photographs, but also in stamps and paintings, are presented.


Acipenser sturio conservation sturgeon, Atlantic sturgeon, European

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick Williot
    • 1
  • Eric Rochard
    • 2
  • Nathalie Desse-Berset
    • 3
  • Frank Kirschbaum
    • 4
  • Jörn Gessner
    • 5
  1. 1.AudengeFrance
  2. 2.UR Ecosystemes Estuariens et Poissons MiCemagrefCestas cedexFrance
  3. 3.CÉPAM, Labo. ArchéologieCNRS ValbonneValbonneFrance
  4. 4.Abt. Biologie und Ökologie der FischeHumboldt-Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  5. 5.Gewässerökologie und BinnenfischereiLeibniz-Institut fürBerlinGermany

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