Population Viability Analysis of the European Sturgeon (Acipenser sturio L.) from the Gironde Estuary System

  • Ivan Jarić
  • J. Knežević-Jarić
  • G. Cvijanović
  • Mirjana Lenhardt


This study presents a population viability analysis (PVA) conducted on the Gironde population of Acipenser sturio using the Vortex software package. As identified by the model, the most important objects of the future research efforts related to A. sturio life history should be the determination of the mean fecundity, age at which females reach maturity, female spawning frequency and population sex ratio, as well as the intrinsic population growth rate and the age-specific natural mortality, especially of the youngest age classes. The model has confirmed a high population susceptibility to unsustainable fishery, and a slow recovery potential that can span over a number of decades. The detected lag between the stocking activities and the initiation of the actual population recovery should be taken into account in the planning of restoration projects. PVA should be recognized as an important tool, and integrated within future research, management and policy development efforts.


Population Growth Rate Natural Mortality Initial Population Size Population Viability Analysis Sturgeon Species 
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This study represents a part of the activities within Project No. 173045, funded by Ministry of Science of Republic Serbia. The authors would like to thank Dr Patrick Williot for his help in resolving different questions of A. sturio life history, as well as Dr Torbjörn Ebenhard for his guidance regarding use and model development in the Vortex simulation model.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivan Jarić
    • 1
  • J. Knežević-Jarić
    • 2
  • G. Cvijanović
    • 2
  • Mirjana Lenhardt
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Multidisciplinary ResearchBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Ecological Society “Endemit”BelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Institute for Biological ResearchBelgradeSerbia

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