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B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« on: November 29, 2011, 03:30:22 PM »


B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
  By Randy Shore, Vancouver SunNovember 29, 2011  Sustainably raised Fraser River sturgeon caviar grown on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast has been listed among the world's best by New York-based Travel + Leisure magazine.

Under the title Best in Roe, the magazine's tasters noted the Canadian caviar's "crisp pop and creamy mouthfeel, with even grains." Northern Divine caviar comes from Fraser River white sturgeon raised in a landbased fish farm in an isolated and heavily wooded area of Sechelt.

"Three of the four editors at the tasting put Northern Divine in their Top 3, so it was the most consistently liked of the caviars we tasted," said features director Nilou Motamed.

The magazine put together a panel of food editors to taste 15 caviars from around the world and produce a list of the five best sustainably raised products.

Three sturgeon caviars - from Israel, Uruguay and Italy - and a bourbon-infused trout caviar from California rounded out the panel's top picks.

"It's great to see so many caviars being produced sustainably at so many different price points and not harming the environment," she added.

While Northern Divine was the most expensive of the caviars listed, at $147 per 50 grams, that is only half the price of Russian Osetra caviar from the Caspian Sea, the world's gold standard for caviar.

"We are just delighted," said Justin Henry, general manager of Target Marine Hatcheries, the one-time salmon aquaculture firm that produces Northern Divine.

Target Marine harvested its first caviar earlier this year from 11-year-old sturgeon grown from eggs harvested from sexually mature female sturgeon raised by Vancouver Island University's sturgeon conservation program, according to Henry. Target will use its own roe to hatch the next generation of sturgeon.

Northern Divine has already been certified sustainable by the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program. The land based facility operates using a high-tech water recirculation and waste recovery system.

Ocean Wise does not recommend sturgeon caviar from the Caspian Sea, once the world's most productive caviar producing region now in steep decline.

A handful of top restaurants in Vancouver have already used the B.C.-raised caviar. Chef David Hawksworth at Hawksworth Restaurant has used Northern Divine to crust Pacific halibut and to top tuna tartar and has plans to use it in his holiday menus, while C Restaurant chef de cuisine Lee Humphries created a $235-per person five-course caviar tasting menu with B.C.'s priciest food product.

Humphries said North Divine is a perfect example of "ethical luxury."

Target harvested roe from 89 mature females at an off-site fish processing plant and made 300 kilograms of caviar, worth about $3,000 a kilo.

"We are just delighted with the quality," Henry said. "We spent the last few years worrying about whether it would be good - we just didn't know - so it's a big relief.

"We toured a number of caviar producing areas around the world to see what kinds of challenges they had and we tried to correct those proactively," Henry said. "We had some pretty good success and the caviar came out phenomenal."

Target brought in veteran U.S. caviar maker Richard Helfrich to oversee the first batch.

To make caviar, the eggs are removed from the fish, washed and mixed with fine salt in a meticulously clean environment. Eggs from each fish are processed separately and a code on the label indicates the fish of origin, its birth date, weight and even its parents.

rshore@vancouversun.com

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Re: B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2011, 04:19:27 PM »

That newspaper article certainly won't help with the sturgeon poaching problem on the Fraser, will it?  ???
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Re: B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2011, 04:37:04 PM »

I tried that caviar but I didn't like it....it was way too hard getting it on the hook.  :-X
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011, 03:49:29 PM »

That newspaper article certainly won't help with the sturgeon poaching problem on the Fraser, will it?  ???

:( call me ignorant but how bad is it?
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Re: B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011, 07:01:38 PM »

call me ignorant but how bad is it?
Not bad at all-there is no market of any kind for poached Caviar-the post is nonsense from someone who has no clue.
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Re: B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2011, 06:39:31 AM »

I tried that caviar but I didn't like it....it was way too hard getting it on the hook.  :-X
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Re: B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2011, 06:30:14 PM »

Not bad at all-there is no market of any kind for poached Caviar-the post is nonsense from someone who has no clue.
Wow. Talk about not having a clue...
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2011, 08:18:25 PM »

Not bad at all-there is no market of any kind for poached Caviar-the post is nonsense from someone who has no clue.

REALLY????

Obviously you have no clue!!! Maybe you should do some research and find out how many people get charged EVERY year! And if there are 10 charged, then that means there are about 100 others that get away with it!!

There is a market for EVERYTHING, you just need to know where to look!

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Re: B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2011, 09:44:21 PM »

REALLY????Obviously you have no clue!!! Maybe you should do some research and find out how many people get charged EVERY year! And if there are 10 charged, then that means there are about 100 others that get away with it!!There is a market for EVERYTHING, you just need to know where to look!Rick

OK Rick Please bless up us with encyclopaedic knowledge of Fraser Sturgeon poaching and the markets it engenders.

I and I'm sure many others await with bated breath-because without hard evidence your post is worth the paper it's printed on.

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Re: B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2011, 07:54:06 PM »

HAHA are you for real DOGBREATH!!!???? If you really think there is no market for poached sturgeon or its caviar, you really need to pull your head out of the sand.
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Re: B.C. sturgeon caviar listed among top five in the world
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2011, 09:20:25 AM »

So a personal attack, a news article from a foreign country and an ancient web link are the best you legal scholars can do?
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2011, 09:34:38 AM »

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Not bad at all-there is no market of any kind for poached Caviar-the post is nonsense from someone who has no clue.

Personal attacks  ::)

Of course some Fraser Sturgeon are poached.
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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2011, 10:43:41 PM »

Must be extremely frustrating for the people who own this operation to devote at least ten years with no saleable product then once the finally bring something to market and it's accepted the internet hyaenas start coming out of the woodwork.

This aquaculture operation is completely contained on land-just like people have called for constantly on fora like this and in public demonstrations but that's not good enough-someone always has to embarrass themself by posting the most ridiculous  scenarios imaginable.

Believe me as strained as White Sturgeon stocks are the science these people have developed might be needed to support rebuilding efforts.

How many of you know that of the 60,000+ White Sturgeon in the Lower Fraser there might be as few as 300 females of spawning age?

This is what statistics show us-a fish stock that is under siege and in need of aid both prosaic and scientific-for god's sake don't bite any hands that might be used to help those fish.
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