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

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-20610-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-20611-5
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