Is Sustainable Caviar a Sustainable Business?
Caviar is synonymous with festive luxury. It is an expensive delicacy made from sea cured sturgeon eggs (or other types of fish like salmon, trout or cod). Caviar has cache because of its scarcity and delicate consistency.
The very best can be trade for thousands of dollars a pound. The high price of caviar makes sturgeon one of the most over-fished creatures in the sea; certain species of sturgeon are on the brink of extinction. The United States outlawed the importation of Beluga Caviar because this type of sturgeon falls under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
Plummeting sturgeon stocks have prompted some entrepreneurs to search for a way to solve the problem of unsustainable fishing. These entrepreneurs are responsible for a paradigm shift in the origin of the caviar most of the world eats today.
Most sturgeons are no longer caught in wild; they are now raised in captivity in a sustainable way. Here is a video about a company that spawn, raise and harvest sturgeon for sustainable consumption of caviar.