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Elisonas Jurgis. 1937. Arsketas (Acipenser sturio) // Gamtos draugas, Nr. 4. - p. 39-41.
This sturgeon was caught in 1927 year in Lithuania.
Sturgeon is anadromous species, wich goes for spawning in rivers.
Formerly distributed in the coastal waters all over the European seas and the Atlantic, now it is the most threatened species in this part of the world. Now it is not anymore spawning in the North Europe, but from time to time some older specimens can be found.
In Finland the last sturgeon was cached in 1930, in Latvia in 1964, while in Estonia one was found still quite recently – in 1996.
The main reasons for disappearing of sturgeon was damming up of rivers, water pollution and overfishing.
Sturgeon (Acipenser sturio)
Nowadays sturgeons are grown in fishery farms, but most of them are not Acipenser sturio but a hybrids of several sturgeon species just like this one in the photo above (Photo: Mindaugas Kirstukas)