Sturgeon biodiversity and conservation

Sturgeon biodiversity and conservation

by Vadim J. Birstein
     
 

This volume presents a synthesis of basic biological and conservation data for more than 30 species of sturgeons (Acipenseridae), paddlefishes (Polyodontidae) and their fossil allies in the order Acipenseriformes. Since the Jurassic, the four families of sturgeon-like fish have been restricted to the Holarctic, where until very recently they flourished in most

Overview

This volume presents a synthesis of basic biological and conservation data for more than 30 species of sturgeons (Acipenseridae), paddlefishes (Polyodontidae) and their fossil allies in the order Acipenseriformes. Since the Jurassic, the four families of sturgeon-like fish have been restricted to the Holarctic, where until very recently they flourished in most major river systems. Today, however, virtually all species of sturgeons and paddlefishes face difficult conservation issues.
Papers in the first section of this volume examine paleontology, systematics, evolution and basic biology of Acipenseriformes.
The second section of this volume details current conservation status for most of the world's living species of Acipenseriformes. These papers mark the first attempt to make such a global review of recent data from across the northern hemisphere. The emerging picture is discouraging, for negative anthropogenic impacts range from overfishing to water pollution, to dams and water diversion projects, and all species are threatened to some degree.
The third section of the volume considers specific human impacts and responses to conservation issues. These include: the Aral Sea ecological disaster and its impact on native sturgeons; a review of methods for restoring sturgeon populations; the use of molecular techniques in developing conservation strategies; the extreme sensitivity of sturgeons and paddlefishes to overfishing; and the history of a recently convicted caviar poaching ring.
The volume's summary reviews the status of all extant species and notes future directions for research on behavior, ecology and population biology that could lead to better co-ordinated international conservation efforts.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This is a landmark volume. ... do have your library order the volume if they have not done so.'
COPEIA, 4 (1999)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789401741125
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
Developments in Environmental Biology of Fishes Series, #17
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.04(d)

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