The United States is the world’s largest beluga caviar importer, bringing in 80% of beluga caviar exports. Because the United States represents a significant source of the demand for the imperiled beluga sturgeon’s eggs, three conservation organizations through the Caviar Emptor campaign petitioned the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list the fish as an endangered species. As a result of abounding scientific evidence showing dramatic declines in the beluga sturgeon population, the U.S. FWS has proposed listing the beluga sturgeon as an endangered species. A listing of beluga sturgeon as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act would result in a halt to all importation of beluga caviar into the United States.
U.S. FWS has opened a 90-day public comment period. You can help save the beluga sturgeon by registering your support to list it as an endangered species.