Recommended servings per month
|Contaminant||Men||Women||Kids 6-12||Kids 0-5|
|Lake sturgeon (wild, imported)||Unknown||4||4||4||4|
|Beluga sturgeon (wild, imported)||Unknown||4||4||4||4|
|Sevruga (wild, imported)||Unknown||4||4||4||4|
|White sturgeon (wild, OR and WA)||Unknown||4||4||4||4|
|White sturgeon (farmed)||Unknown||4||4||4||4|
|Osetra (wild, imported)||Unknown||4||4||4||4|
- Enormous international demand for caviar has significantly depleted most wild sturgeon and paddlefish populations worldwide.
- Caviar from the Caspian region (Beluga, Osetra, Sevruga) is particularly prized, and illegal poaching and habitat degradation have driven many of these sturgeon species to the brink of extinction.
- Caviar from farmed white sturgeon and paddlefish is an eco-friendly and less expensive alternative.
- Small numbers of white sturgeon are fished in Washington and Oregon, where management helps to curb overfishing of this long-lived species.