South Korea Emerges as Unlikely Source of Caviar

Author
Voanews
Date
2011-10-09 06:41
The unfertilized eggs of the sturgeon have made the fish one of the world’s most valuable wildlife resources. Some 90 percent of the world’s caviar comes from sturgeon in the Caspian Sea, but uncontrolled fishing after the collapse of the Soviet Union has greatly reduced wild populations.

While nations around the Caspian (Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Iran) have agreed to ban sturgeon fishing, entrepreneurs elsewhere in the world are working on sustainable ways to harvest the expensive roe.

In Chungju, South Korea, one patient entrepreneur is claiming a 10-percent share of the global production of farmed caviar.

Along the banks of the Southern Han River, 50,000 captive sturgeon have found an ideal home.

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