Scaphirhynchus platorynchus (Sand Sturgeon)

Criteria met:  High volume (globally threatened)

Principal trade term to the EU:  caviar

Percentage of global trade to the EU:  29%

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  United Kingdom

Top Trading Partner:  United States

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

In 2010, EU imports comprised 297 kg of wild-sourced caviar imported directly from the United States for commercial purposes. No imports of caviar were reported by the EU prior to 2009, when a quantity of 467 wild-sourced caviar (units unspecified) was imported.

The SRG formed a positive opinion for the United States on 22/06/2011. The conservation and trade of Acipenseriformes are discussed at each meeting of the Animals Committee in accordance with Resolution Conf. 12.7 (Rev. CoP14).