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There are about 25 different species of Sturgeon, and the roe of several species is harvested as caviar. They are not the prettiest of fish, but their roe are delicious and highly prized. Caviar has long been considered a luxury, though it is said that in the early 19th century in the U.S., caviar was served as part of a free lunch in saloons, with the hope the saltiness would get people to drink more. Its popularity though eventually led to a great decline in sturgeon populations so that the the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, notes that wild caviar, whether domestic or imported, is to be Avoided. Farmed caviar though, such as Sturgeon in the U.S. is a Good Alternative and White Sturgeon in British Colombia is a Best Choice. read more

Marky’s President and COO Christopher Hlubb on Expert Panel to Discuss Seafood Safety and Compliance

Visit Marky’s at Booth #2318 To Learn More

MIAMI (Feb. 25, 2014) – Miami-based Marky’s Group, one of the leading importers and producers of caviar in the United States, announced today that company president and COO, Christopher Hlubb, will be a featured panelist at the Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America conference in Boston March 16-18.

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Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America (formerly known as the International Boston Seafood Show) is the largest seafood trade event in North America. The event attracts over 19,000 buyers and suppliers of fresh, frozen, packaged and value-added seafood products, equipment, and services. Attendees travel from more than 100 countries to do business at the exposition.

Hlubb will join a group of experts to discuss Seafood Safety and Compliance with NOAA Fisheries, FDA, and U.S. Customs on March 17 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Hlubb will discuss Marky’s compliance program, highly regarded as the gold standard in the industry.

“We work hard not only to meet – but exceed – government requirements,” said Hlubb. “There have been a lot of concerns circling the caviar industry with regards to product identification so the role of Marky’s and our farm, Sturgeon AquaFarms, is to provide scientific support to the government to identify genuine species of sturgeon and caviar.”

To this end, Marky’s has adapted the international trade standard as a way to ensure proper labeling and consumer transparency. And at Sturgeon AquaFarms, the only aqua farm in North America to raise beluga, sterlet and sevruga sturgeon, they are committed to the conservation and preservation of sturgeon species.

Seafood Safety and Compliance with NOAA Fisheries, FDA, and U.S. Customs will be moderated by Peter Quinter, Chair of the Customs and International Trade Law Group at the law firm of Gray Robinson. Other panelists include:

Timothy Hansen, Director, Seafood Inspection Program, NOAA Fisheries, Silver Spring, Maryland

Domenic Veneziano, Director, Division of Import Operations, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Maryland

William Scopa, Director, Interagency Collaboration Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Washington, D.C.

Christopher Hlubb, President and COO, Marky’s Group, Inc., Miami, Florida

Benjamin England, CEO, FDA Imports.com LLC, Glen Burnie, Maryland

For more information, visit Marky’s at Booth #2318.