Common Name: Sturgeon

Scientific Name: *Acipenser sturio

Description: The European sea sturgeon (Acipenser sturio), also known as the Atlantic sturgeon or common sturgeon was formerly abundant, being found in coastal habitats all over Europe. It is anadromous and breeds in rivers. It is currently listed as a critically endangered species by the IUCN.

OSPAR Regions where it occurs: II, III (The part of Region III eastwards of 5° West of the OSPAR maritime area), IV

OSPAR Regions where under threat and/or in decline: II, IV

What is the latest status of the common skate?

The status assessment describes the latest changes in distribution, abundance and range of the feature, as well as any changes in the threats and pressures impacting the feature. The status assessments are updated regularly and inform OSPAR’s consideration of the effectiveness of the measures and actions that have been adopted and implemented by Contracting Parties.

Why is this feature included on the OSPAR List?

What protective measures and actions has OSPAR committed to taking?

What actions have been implemented by OSPAR?


Recommendation 2020/1 amending Recommendations 2011/5, 2013/4, 2013/5, 2014/1

Recommendation 2014/1 as amended. Consolidated text