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Re: No Sturgeron in the USA--Why?
Where did you hear / encounter that? I am fairly certain that (in certain jurisdictions and under certain parameters), there's nothing illegal about selling sturgeon as a blanket statement. White Sturgeon, for example, appear to still be commercially fished in the Pacific Northwest.
That said, the jurisdictions and parameters might be fairly restrictive, and Caspian Sea sturgeon caviar specifically does seem to have been banned, due to the extreme endangerment / risk of extinction of the sturgeon species there, and many jurisdictions probably approach other sturgeon similarly in the name of conservation efforts—the particular biology and habits of the fish, coupled with the demand for sturgeon caviar, make them a natural candidate for high risk of extinction through overfishing and environmental changes.
Disclaimer: Everything may be wrong, but that's just my understanding.
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