Shovelnose Sturgeon

  • From:
    US- Mississippi Basin
    Method:
    Wild, drift gillnet

Sturgeon and paddlefish in the Mississippi River and its tributaries can be caught in 31 states, and each state has its own system of management for these species. Many states do not permit commercial fishing for sturgeon. There is minimal collaboration between states-although this is improving-in managing sturgeon populations across the Mississippi watershed. As a result it is unclear whether populations are depleted and whether current fishing effort is at a sustainable level. Management of the sturgeon and paddlefish fisheries in the Mississippi watershed is ineffective at protecting these unique fish from overfishing, and as such these fish and their caviar should be avoided.

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  • Sushi Name(s)n/a
  • Common Name(s)Sand Sturgeon, Hackleback, Switchtail, Flathead
  • Scientific Name(s)Scaphirhynchus platorhyncus,