Sturgeon farmers cash in on caviar

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
27 April 2006, at 1:00am

UK - Caviar has long been one of the world's most exclusive and expensive commodities. Now aquaculture specialists and fish farmers who have spent years perfecting techniques of rearing sturgeon - the eggs of which are used to make the caviar - are hoping to cash in on the seemingly insatiable appetite the world's moneyed elite has for a product often referred to as "Black Gold." "Maybe our time has come," says Peter Struffennegger, manager of Stolt Sea Farm in the US, one of the biggest sturgeon farms in the West. "For years we've been investing in what is a very tricky, complex business. "Caviar consumers are a very picky bunch. Traditionally, they've always demanded caviar from wild sturgeon, but now, at last, there are signs they're getting used to the idea of the farmed variety. Finally we might start making some money." Source: BBC News