Eating Sturgeon: An Endangered Delicacy

Antonio Raposo, Hmidan Alturki , Rabab Alkutbe , Dele Raheem

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Since ancient times, sturgeon species have been valued for their rich nutritional qualities, which are crucial for human health today. They are linked with gastronomic delicacy and offer economic benefits, especially for the caviar industry. Today aquaculture produces more farmed and hybrid species due to rapidly declining wild sturgeon populations. Sturgeon diversification through processing can yield fingerlings, stocking material, meat or caviar. Because of its variety, sturgeon flesh includes highly digestible proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals. Consuming sturgeon provides essential fatty acids that play important oxidative and anti-inflammatory roles in human cells. The purpose of this study is to examine the sustainability and economic value of eating sturgeon worldwide, the technology applied in food processing, and the challenges that food quality and authenticity, nutritional content and health effects pose. The issue of counterfeiting high-quality sturgeon products by dishonest means has to be adequately addressed. Digital tools to guarantee authenticity and transparency in the sturgeon value chain should be considered in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3511
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • food quality
  • sustainability
  • food security
  • sturgeon
  • authenticity
  • food technology
  • nutritional profile
  • health
  • caviar

Field of science

  • Food science
  • Agronomy


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