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Friday
May302008

Caviar quotas too generous—Pew

According to the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, the latest caviar quotas announced by CITES with further jeopardize threatened sturgeon species, reports ScienceDaily

Quotas Allow More Caviar Export, Further Jeopardize Endangered Sturgeon, Group Says
ScienceDaily
30 May 2008


In a decision that could jeopardize already imperiled sturgeons, more caviar will be exported from Caspian Sea and Amur River states this year as a result of unacceptably permissive new trade quotas announced Thursday by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), according to the Pew Institute for Ocean Science.

Most sturgeon species are endangered and some, like beluga sturgeon, are threatened with extinction. These quotas will further damage this ancient fish's chance of recovery and survival, since sturgeon must be killed to harvest their prized eggs which are then processed into caviar, the group says.

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