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TRAFFIC, Europe, 5th International Symposium on Sturgeon
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Caviar imports to Japan, European Union and United States
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The Caspian area is the world’s main producer of wild caviar (83% in 2003) and supplies the three largest markets, the European Union, Japan and the USA. The construction of several hydroelectric power plants and dams along the Volga river significantly altered the flow of water into the delta and destroyed about 90% of the sturgeon’s spawning grounds, which can be as far as several hundreds of kilometres upstream. This graphic displays the reported figures for these three markets.