Welfare in the Cultured Siberian Sturgeon, Acipenser baerii Brandt: State of the Art

  • Patrick WilliotEmail author
  • Mikhail Chebanov
  • Guy Nonnotte


The chapter aims at synthesising both the knowledge and the practices that are sturgeon welfare related. This allowed the authors to outline some main lines that should be investigated to improve the welfare of farmed sturgeon with a focus on the Siberian sturgeon. Thus, in the first part, the general principles of welfare are recalled (the so-called Five Freedoms) illustrated by a few sturgeon-related examples. As welfare might be wrongly restricted to pain perception of animals (sturgeon at present), a very brief synthetic knowledge of neuroanatomy with available data in sturgeon is given. The chapter is then focused on the anaesthetics on fish with a peculiar extension on sturgeon. The chapter also devoted to the external signs that can be used to detect painful situation. Available non-invasive methods as well as the characteristics of the environment that may impact the fish (including their physiology) are presented. A brief overview of stunning-slaughtering methods is listed. Finally, a synthetic overview of the available welfare-related tools for sturgeons is provided. As an end, some future directions to be investigated are given.


Siberian sturgeon Welfare Anaesthetics Non-invasive methods Behaviour Environmental factors Physiology Management Stunning Slaughtering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Williot
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mikhail Chebanov
    • 2
    • 3
  • Guy Nonnotte
    • 4
  1. 1.AudengeFrance
  2. 2.State Regional Center for Sturgeon Gene Pool Conservation “Kubanbioresursi”KrasnodarRussian Federation
  3. 3.Department of Aquatic Biological Resources and AquacultureKuban State UniversityKrasnodarRussian Federation
  4. 4.La Teste de BuchFrance

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