July 24, 2009
The german company United Food Technologies AG (UFT) is a worldwide expert in building water closed circuits for aquafarms. They will cooperate with the irani government in order to build a caviar farm in the Gorgan Gulf, northern Golestan province and near the border of Turkmenistan. Teheran is eager to develop the cultivation of fish in general and more even regarding the sturgeon. Due to the recent and actual free fall of Acipenser landings in the Caspian Sea – due to poaching, overfishing and pollution – their plan fits into the current agenda of the caviar industry. Raising sturgeons is the only way in order to provide the gourmets around the world with caviar. Sad but true: Wild caviar is doomed.
An interesting question: will the Iranians be able to step into their own legacy and produce a top premium caviar inside their aquacultures? In my point of view they are starting relatively late with vision. And taking the painful mistakes into account that every farmer has to diggest, well, then it will still be a very long way until we see some iranian farmed caviar on the shelf. And start digging graves for the Almas caviar…
ZwyerCaviar LLC has nothing to fear, as its caviar producer – Esturiones del Rio Negro SA – is to date the one and only sturgeon farm so far, which has access to millions of fresh river water. And in stark contrast to UFT, the water is being used once of course – and never ever re-circulated. Any questions…?
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