Export quotas for sturgeons
Concerning export quotas for sturgeons and paddlefish of the
Order Acipenseriformes relating to trade in caviar and meat which
come from shared stocks of these species, the Conference of the
CITES Parties has agreed specific rules in Resolution Conf.
12.7 (Rev. CoP14).
For countries which share the stock of a given species, export
quotas (which run from 1 March to the last day of February the
following year) must be derived from catch quotas that are based
on an appropriate regional conservation strategy and monitoring
regime.The export quotas, which should normally be agreed by all
the range States sharing the stock, must be provided to the Secretariat
by 31 December of the previous year, together with the scientific
data used to establish the catch and export quotas. If the quotas
have not been communicated by the deadline, then the relevant
range States have a zero quota until such time as the quotas are
submitted and CITES Parties are recommended not to accept imports
of caviar and meat from these stocks.
These requirements do not apply to specimens from aquaculture
or from stocks found only in one country.
The sturgeon quotas can be checked for the following years: