Non-lethal egg removal

A beluga sturgeon from Kazakhstan’s Ural River undergoes a new procedure mastered by the Erkin Kala hatchery that uses massage to extract the eggs, which were later artificially fertilized to produce thousands of fingerlings (or baby sturgeon).  This procedure allowed the fish to live, and it was later tagged by Caviar Emptor scientists and returned to the Caspian Sea.

Photo by Shannon Crownover, SeaWeb
Courtesy of Caviar Emptor

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