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The Society acts as an international forum for scientific exchange and for seeking opportunities for cooperation

The membership of WSCS is global and includes scientists from various disciplines such as regulators, administrators, planners, practitioners in fisheries and aquaculture as well as persons with a high interest in species protection.

It is a non-profit association established in 2003 by a group of scientists interested in sturgeon conservation and their sustainable aquaculture.


The Society focuses exclusively and directly on non-profit goals.
It acts selflessly and primarily serves non-profit-oriented purposes


Board of Directors (2019 – 2022)

P. Bronzi – President
J. Gessner – Vice President
T. Friedrich – Treasurer
M. Webb- Secretary-General
M. Chebanov – Member at Large

L. Congiu – Member at Large
Q. Wei – Member at Large
H. Rosenthal – Honorary Pres.
S. Doroshov – Honorary Member
D. McKenzie – Honorary Member


Foundation Committee

Paolo Bronzi (Italy)
Ron Bruch (USA)
Jianbo Chang (China)
Mikhail Chebanov (Russia)
Sergej Doroshov (USA)
Jörn Gessner (Germany)

Frank Kirschbaum (Germany)
Mohammad Pourkazemi (Iran)
Harald Rosenthal (Germany)
Georgii Ruban (Russia)
Rajmund Trzebiatowski (Poland)
Patrick Williot (France)


The Society intends to act as an international forum of scientific exchange for all persons interested in pertinent issues on sturgeons while at the same time seeking opportunities for close co-operation at an international level.

The vision for this society is to see stocks thriving once again in all the natural sturgeon waters in the basins of Caspian, Azov, Black, Mediterranean, North and Baltic seas, and in rivers like those in Siberia and China as well as in North American waters. The Society through its activities enhances the understanding of species protection world-wide and across borders in regions with different cultural and political backgrounds (using the highly endangered sturgeons as case examples) in order to foster the sustainable use of natural resources that are traded globally.

To foster the conservation of sturgeon species and restoration of sturgeon stocks world-wide

To support the information exchange among all persons interested in sturgeons. This particularly applies to the following subject areas: general biology, species and habitat protection, stock enhancement, biological resource management, fisheries and fisheries-related issues, aquaculture, cultural and regulatory issues.

To promote information exchange with national, regional, international, inter-governmental organisations, educational institutions (e.g. university and scientific institutes) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

To foster and support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on all aspects of sturgeons (e.g. biology, management and utilisation of sturgeons).

To enhance the co-operation between and among anglers, fishermen, scientists, governmental agencies, local communities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international organisations.

To inform the public on all aspects of the status and biology of sturgeons, requirements for their effective species protection, and needs for appropriate management. The tools to achieve this objective include the use of adequate and modern publications and means of communication as well as the organisation of international conferences.

WSCS Services

Members have the opportunity to provide their CV and professional profile on the internal member webpage for internal use among the membership, allowing the search of specific expertise on a wide range of sturgeon related issues.

Issues of high actuality can be put forward to WSCS in search of specific topic related information.

A global data bank on sturgeon literature (accessible to members only, use your Member Login Data to enter the Bibliography), covering the content of peer review scientific journals as well as the grey literature (e.g. project reports, governmental agencies, student thesis, NGOs).– Apart from the full reference (number of entries = 6 405) the data bank contains a species index, a subject index, and a geographic index. It is intended to gradually upgrade the bibliography by adding the abstracts of the referenced publications. This will be fully searchable by keywords..

The WSCS offers to members in good standing the possibility of accessing and downloading the papers published on the JAI since 1985, through a dedicated link that can be found in “documents” in the reserved area. 


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