Spears used to kill sturgeon at lake winnebago
Black Gold is a platform for exploring how advances in genetic engineering and synthetic biology could be used to biologically redesign endangered species in an attempt to save them from extinction. And still be able to mass produce caviar
In order to save the sturgeon species, Russia has made caviar illegal in order to save the sturgeon from overfishing
Lake sturgeon, our elders by some 150 million years, have a bright future — if Americans ignore voices of the past. Not only did we over fish them for meat, but their bodys could be burned as fuel for steam ships.
Since sturgeon are very meaty creatures, are considered pests, and take a very long time to sexually mature, all of these make them very vulnerable victims of over fishing
Due to the decreasing population of sturgeon and how long they take to sexually mature, the price of caviar has skyrocketed over the years, becoming one of the most expensive foods to date
Sturgeon can grow to incredible sizes, an average adult sturgeon grows to a at least one ton and can be as long as 12 feet, while the biggest sturgeon caught in the Volga Estuary in 1827 weighed 3,463 pounds and was twice as long.
There is also a noticeable decline in sturgeon populations as the demand for caviar increases. According to the IUCN, over 85% of sturgeon species are classified as at risk of extinction, making them more critically endangered than any other group of species.
Caviar wasn't always a luxury food. European fisherman used to feed it to their farm animals.
Lake Winnebago's sturgeon spearing season came to a close Sunday with a below average amount of kills