Wisconsin wildlife official charged with running illegal caviar ring

Wisconsin wildlife official charged with running illegal caviar ring


Something fishy is going on in Wisconsin.

One of the state’s top marine biologists, known locally as the “Sturgeon General,” was arrested last week for a massive scheme to sell caviar illegally under the guise of state-run research, accepting at least $20,000 in a single year from a fish processor, according to reports.

The three-year investigation, spearheaded by undercover DNR employees, ended in the arrest of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources’ top sturgeon expert, Ryan P. Koenigs, who oversees the state’s annual sturgeon spearfishing season.

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The species is officially listed as threatened by the American Fisheries Society, making its jet-black roe especially sought-after — worth more than $100 an ounce, according to The New York Times.

In the wild, anglers are allowed to keep whatever caviar they find but are forbidden to sell it.

“Caviar is highly sought after in legal and illegal markets, and significant effort has been put into these types of investigations across the world to

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