When Peter the Great gave Louis XV a gift of caviar, the French king tried it, and then spat it out on the floor of Versailles. About 320 years later we seem to have gotten used to the taste. “The fancy cars, the women and the caviar, you know who we are,” sings Ludacris in “Pimpin’ All Over the World.” It’s not just that these fish eggs taste good: they taste like the high life.
Look beyond its aura of glamour and you’ll find that caviar is the product of an intricate and shifting global industry. With U.S. bans on caviar from the critically endangered Caspian and Black Sea sturgeon, traditionally the source of the most prized eggs, that business got a lot more complicated. Read more at Bloomberg.com
March 8 – Facing extinction in the wild, the highly-prized beluga sturgeon may be about to make a comeback from a new base in the United States. A Florida company is breeding the fish to produce sought-after beluga caviar for profit, but must first demonstrate that it is helping the fish recover in the wild. Evelyn Gruber reports.
Russian Émigré envisions Panhandle as caviar capital
By Lazaro Aleman
A wetsuit-clad Mark Zaslavsky clambers over the rim of one of four indoor galvanized steel tanks and into waist-high water, home to several of his prized Beluga sturgeon — magnificent long-nosed, dark-colored fish that measure about five feet long and weigh a couple of hundred pounds apiece. The sturgeon, part of 13 separate shipments of juvenile fish that Zaslavsky personally escorted from Europe via commercial flights in 2003, now serve as broodstock for his large-scale aquaculture operation in Jackson County.