GenConnect Graham Gaspard interview on caviar sustainability

© genConnect wrote about Black River Caviar and posted a video (see above) of an interview with our CEO Graham Gaspard:

When it comes to the future of the caviar industry, sustainability is the name of the game, says Graham Gaspard, CEO and president of Black River Caviar. Oil drilling, pollution, over-fishing — “there are a lot of things going on in the sturgeon habitats that are just making it very, very difficult for sturgeon to survive in the natural world,” Gaspard says. “Farming has really taken off in the last 10 to 15 years.”

Black River Caviar farm in Uruguay was founded by Walter Alcalde in the 1990s.  “He had spent many many years in the Caspian Sea region, working with fishermen,” Gaspard says. “He saw what was happening to the sturgeon habitat there and decided that it was imperative that there needed to be something to keep the sturgeon species going.”

Black River is working on reviving the following populations: Siberian, also known as a Baerii; Gueldenstaedtii, also known as Russian Oscietra; Sevruga; and Beluga, Gaspard says.

“We just recently put beluga in the water,” he says. “That’s been a very interesting process for us because Beluga are predators. We brought in about a half a million fertilized roe. We hatched these fish and they started eating each other. It’s something that we’re really looking hard at trying to get them going. We think the survivors are going to do well. Hopefully, years down the road we will be producing Beluga caviar.”

Most sturgeon species are endangered, Gaspard says.

“Through farming techniques such as Black River, and there’s a number of other ones around the world, we’re keeping these species alive,” he says. “And hopefully the natural world will come back and they can be reintroduced.”

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Author: Caviar Enthusiast