RE: NANFA-L--Caviar Bytes

Subject: RE: NANFA-L--Caviar Bytes
From: Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (Jan.J.Hoover at
Date: Wed Oct 06 2004 - 12:59:44 CDT

Bob writes:
Translating the per ounce prices into per pound prices emphasizes what is
the unfortunate poaching which has threatened to drive the Beluga sturgeon
of the
Caspian Sea to extinction. (See below)
Beluga sturgeon $1728-$2,000 lb.
Russian sturgeon $640-$848
Stellate sturgeon $544-$688
White sturgeon $480-$880
Shovelnose sturgeon $224-$496
Paddlefish $224-$496
Bowfin ('cajun caviar') $96-$224

Jan responds:

Bob -
....and could threaten our North American ganoid fishes as well.
Compounding the problem are recent rave reviews of the flavor of our
domestic caviars. Public favor may not be much of a problem for white
<> ) but it could present a
real threat to wild populations of paddlefish and sturgeon
<> ) the caviar from which is now
described with words like "smooth," "silky," "buttery," "nutty" and
"complex." One page used the term "Chattanooga Beluga." By contrast, bowfin
caviar is typically described as "lively," "tangy," and "earthy."
- Jan


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