Russian Caviar Harvested In Israel

In This Album: Yigal Ben Tzvi
Russian Caviar Harvested In Israel
Workers separate caviar from its placenta in a sterile room at the Galilee Caviar's processing plant on April 22, 2009 in Kibbutz Dan, Israel. Far from the Caspian Sea, where over fishing and pollution have slashed yields of this prized delicacy, fish farmers at this kibbutz are reaping the rewards of years of harvesting and are cashing in on the global shortage of caviar. After retail prices for caviar soared to as much as US$5,000 a kilogram, the kibbutz turned from rearing the fish from imported Russian Osetra stock for its meat to breeding and growing them in special ponds for as long as ten years to harvest their roe. According to Yigal Ben Tzvi, the Managing Director of caviar at Galilee, his caviar is lauded by connoisseurs and orders coming from Japan, America, Europe and even Russia account for their annual production of some 2,000 kilograms.
(April 22, 2009 - Source: David Silverman/Getty Images Europe)
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