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White Sturgeon Successfully Bred In Chile

Breeding & genetics

CHILE - The first generation of captive white sturgeon have been successfully bred in captivity in Chile, after 15 years of failed attempts.

The project was undertaken under the framework of the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development (FONDEF), financed by National Commission for Scientific Investigation and Technology (CONICYT) and headed by the aquatic investigator and academic of the University of Los Lagos, Juan Carlos Uribe.

The aim of the $384 million project was to create sturgeon that can be produced commercially, reports El Mercurio.

The sturgeon will be used to create high-in-demand caviar. Each kilogram of caviar can be worth between USD 1,000 and USD 2,000, and a sturgeon can weigh up to 200 kg.