The ‘Storm of the Century’ (December 1999) and the accidental escape of Siberian sturgeons (Acipenser baerii) into the Gironde estuary (Southwest France)

  title={The ‘Storm of the Century’ (December 1999) and the accidental escape of Siberian sturgeons (Acipenser baerii) into the Gironde estuary (Southwest France)},
  author={R{\'e}gine Maury-Brachet and Eric Rochard and Gilles Durrieu and Alain Boudou},
  journal={Environmental Science and Pollution Research},
Goal, Scope and BackgroundThe Gironde estuary is considered as a reference ecosystem with a large fish assemblage (75 species) and the presence of eleven diadromous species. However, geochemical studies and biomonitoring using oysters have shown high metal pollution levels. During the December 1999 hurricane, more than 5,000 young Siberian sturgeons (Acipenser baerii) accidentally escaped from a fish farm into the estuary, where this species had not been present until then.MethodsIn 2002/2003… Expand
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