HISTORY OF THE SPECIES
Sturgeon is among the most ancient creatures on Earth. Ancestors of the modern fish appeared circa 200 million years ago, and it took on its present appearance in the Cretaceous Period (145-66 million years ago). Since then, sturgeon has undergone minimal evolutionary metamorphoses which makes it virtually a “living fossil”.
Caviar-bearing sturgeon is one of the most precious resources of the wild fauna. If rectifying measures towards its preservation aren’t undertaken, soon it will be completely extinct of the face of the earth. We understand the importance of preservation of this ancient noble fish and consider aquaculture to be the only viable method to obtain caviar.
At the very beginning we elected the Russian sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenenstaedtii) for our breeding programme. After numerous degustations of all varieties of caviar in different countries, we found out that the caviar of this very species has the most remarkable taste, special texture and interesting colour. The species has ideally adapted to the farm environment, possesses robust health and grows rather fast.
We provided a full development cycle, beginning with fertilised caviar, from which youngsters are hatched, who then develop into full-fledged healthy adults ready to produce caviar. We work with the fish daily, sorting and segregating them in pools according to their age and size in order to provide them with the most favourable conditions for life and growth. At present, our fish take seven to nine years to mature for producing caviar. Since all our sturgeons are born and grown on the farm, we can control and ensure quality at every stage of their life cycle.
2017 became a milestone year when we laid down a foundation for breeding an Azov beluga (Huso huso) population.