From France 24:
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 – 19:21
Fisherman Ulf Aakerlund was at first stumped when he found the 78-centimeter (two-and-a-half-foot) fish in his nets last week.
“Initially I had no idea what it was. But when we looked it up on the Internet and looked in a few books we realised it was a sturgeon,” he told TT.
But according to fish expert Mikael Svensson of the Swedish Species Information Centre, efforts have in recent years been made in Poland to breed sturgeon, and the specimen may have come from there.
“This is a good sign. It would be great if we could have this species in Swedish waters again. The sturgeon is a very special fish that doesn’t resemble anything else we have in our waters,” Svensson told TT.
Atlantic sturgeon can grow as big as 4.5 meters (15 feet) and weigh 360 kilograms (795 pounds).
The species is rare in European waters but is more common off North America’s eastern coast.
Large freshwater fish started disappearing in medieval times, sending fishers to sea: here.
Atlantic sturgeon in the North Sea: here.
Progress in protecting the Baltic Sea is slow, a report from Oceana has found, with many businesses carrying on as usual inside so-called protected areas. The report shows that over 30 percent of the Marine Protected Areas in the Baltic are safeguarded only on paper: here.