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Science, Policy and the $30,000 Fish

Dr. Phaedra Doukakis explains ongoing efforts to conserve sturgeon, one of the most ancient, valuable and endangered fish on earth
October 10, 2009

Sturgeons are among the most ancient, valuable and endangered fish on earth. They have been exploited for centuries to obtain their unfertilized eggs, which are the highly coveted "black caviar." Dr. Phaedra Doukakis, Senior Research Scientist with the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, gave an Oct. 9 lecture describing her years of sturgeon conservation efforts. A crowd of about 70 students, faculty and staff of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences attended the lecture.

Dr. Doukakis explained how she and the Institute have used science to influence sturgeon conservation policy, especially that set through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates the international caviar trade. She described how the results of genetic studies are used to support policy efforts, and what still must be understood to effectively manage and conserve sturgeons.

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