Ship Sturgeon

Ship Sturgeon (Acipenser nudiventris) was never abundant in the Danube River basin. In 2009, the last Ship Sturgeon was caught in Hungary, in the Middle Danube. There have been no documented catches in Romania for at least 30-40 years. Ship Sturgeons are Critically Endangered and they are listed as extinct in Romania and Bulgaria.


Facts and Figures

  • The last scientifically recorded catch of Ship Sturgeon in Romania was in the 1950s. Ship Sturgeons are listed as extinct in Romania and Bulgaria.
  • The Ship Sturgeon likes to live at sea, close to shores and estuaries. In freshwater it favours deep stretches of large rivers.
  • The Ship Sturgeon spends at least part of its life in salt water, returning to rivers to breed, but some non-migratory freshwater populations also exist.

Believed to be on the
verge of global extinction.

Possibly extinct in the Danube.

Considered the most fertile
among the sturgeon species.