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Something’s smells fishy around here

Something’s smells fishy around here

Can Abu Dhabi’s caviar best those coming from Iran and Russia’s stock? And considering the costs of housing sturgeon in hot climate and export costs, is it all worth it?

April 14, 2011 2:35 by

In any case, being UN-compliant, Kipp is sure that the joint venture has already ironed out paperwork for cultivating Siberian sturgeon on the fish farm—especially considering that it has been on the Red list of Threatened Species since 1996.

According to IUCN, the total global population decline is estimated to be 50-80 percent over the past 60 years. Considering that the eggs of the Siberian Sturgeon make up about 100kg of its body weight, it’s easy to see though how this specie can be quite profitable.

Of course, like most things, only time will tell whether this business will sink or swim, but one thing’s for sure, the business hinges on whether the 22 fish will live happily in their new home in Musaffah.

Not-so-fun fact: Although the sturgeon produces one of the most expensive food in the world, it looks ugly and tastes worse. Of the 24 species of sturgeon, only four produce edible caviar—the most famous of which is the Beluga sturgeon.

Another not-so-fun fact: Want to know how they extract the eggs? Very delicately. Apparently, it is important not to kill the sturgeon, because once it is dead, the fish produces a bitter substance which ruins the flavour of the caviar. To avoid this, a blow behind the head puts the fish to sleep, and within ten minutes, the eggs are extracted and tinned.

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  1. Elias Chahine on April 17, 2011 7:27 am

    Kindly send me 10kgs per month of Beluga if it is going at 2.103 euros per kg!!!!

  2. Gordon Torbet on April 17, 2011 7:56 am

    Interesting article but you really need to proofread before going live:

    “Something’s smells fishy around here”

    “And considering the costs of housing sturgeon in hot climate and export costs, is it all worth it?”

    “This is by no means a feat Kipp is sure the country wanted to claim as one of the main reasons for the sturgeons being bred in captivity is because they have lost wild Sturgeon in the Gironde region through over-exploitation.”

  3. MK on April 17, 2011 11:39 am

    Growing up in Iran, we used to eat Caviar every now and then…it was a treat, an acquired taste that was definietly not liked by all! However, slowly it became increasingly expensive to buy this black gold. This was primarily due to higher revenues attained through exportation rather than selling to local consumers.

    Ironically today Iranian Caviar is so expensive that, most Iranians in Iran can’t afford to buy it. This is unfortunate to see when Iran is the exporter of some of the world’s finest cavair (such as the Golden Egg Caviar).

    For the UAE, on the contrary, the production of caviar could mean that the Emiratis (most of whom CAN afford caviar) would now end up acquiring this luxurious commodity much easier! I say good for them.

    It would also be interesting to see whether with this higher production, the prices would actually fall compared to what they are now?…Or will they stay the same or perhaps even continue to rise?

    Indeed something’s fishy going on!

  4. Haitham on April 17, 2011 11:50 am

    “France…Other countries such as Spain, Sweden, Uruguay and the United States are also trying to break into this market”

    so if all those countries are trying to enter the caviar market, why do you think there’s no demand for caviar and why not to encourage the UAE for that matter??

    i didnt like kipp’s approach to this feature.

  5. Andrew on April 17, 2011 11:56 am

    Come on Kipp, whip your proof reading monkeys harder.


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