Biology and Conservation of the European Sturgeon
by Patrick Williot and Eric Rochard
Edition: 1st., 2011
The European sturgeon, Acipenser sturio L. 1758, used to be one of the most widespread sturgeon species (Magnin 1959). However, like most Eurasian sturgeon species, its status has now become critical (Williot et al. 2002), it has been extirpated from the great majority of its natural biotopes, and survives only in the French Atlantic coast fac¸ade, the Garonne basin, with a population on the verge of extinction (Rochard et al. 1990).
The contents of the book were based on the following central themes: (a) providing a book on conservation in practice, with the European sturgeon as an example, (b) updating knowledge in the field, (c) broadening the range of concerned disciplines, (d) highlighting aspects that are not strictly scientific, (e) assuming new issues from the presence of two sturgeon species, the European and the Atlantic sturgeons, and (f) showing internal coherence, illustrated by the numerous crossreferences.