Friday, November 16, 2007

Acipenser gueldenstaedtii

We visited a different kind of farm today -- the Evans Fish Farm in Pierson, just south of the Flagler county line. It's a progressive, forward-thinking place with a profound respect for environmental issues. I left really impressed. It's clearly a capital-intensive eneterprise, but it will, in the next decade, make a heck of a lot of money in sales of sturgeon meat (very tasty stuff), sturgeon leather, and, of course, caviar.

Right now, caviar is running a couple hundred dollars an ounce... figure that each of these Russian Sturgeons (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii), when it reaches maturity, will have sixty pounds of caviar when harvested... the mind reels! In this tank alone there were at least forty huge fish. They have hundreds of specimens of (I think) four different species, including the Atlantic and Beluga.
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