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This book aims at synthesizing our current knowledge of Acipenser sturio and its management. This species, one of the most widespread sturgeon species all over Western Europe ranging from the Black Sea to the Baltic, is now on the verge of extinction. Major aspects of its biology and management, including mismanagement, are provided in a historic perspective. Similarly, the changes in the restoration programs (in situ and ex situ) initiated in France and Germany are presented.
As the species occurred in sympatry with Acipenser oxyrinchus in Germany and Poland and very recently in France as well, a brief outlook on restoration-management programs of A. oxyrinchus are also provided for both North America and Northern European countries, namely Germany and Poland. As conservation-restoration actions go beyond scientific issues, non-governmental stakeholders and marine professional fishermen's organizations have also been asked to contribute, and the key role of a French-German cooperation plan is underlined. A part of Biology and Conservation of the European Sturgeon Acipenser sturio L. 1758 is devoted to perspectives. Illustrations of the European sturgeon, mainly in photographs, but also in stamps and paintings, are presented.
Part I: Biology, history, geographical distribution and Status, from past to present
Part II: Iconography of the European sturgeon
Part III. Restoration - Conservation of Acipenser sturio, scientific and political management
Part IV: Restoration -- Conservation programmes of Acipenser oxyrinchus
Part V: Perspectives and prospectives
Part VI: General conclusions