We have mentioned this sumptuous fare earlier but today I want to bring your notice to the other side of this coin. Beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea is considered the crème de la crème of caviar. The delicate, glistening grey and black roe are harvested from the beluga sturgeon, a large primitive-looking fish with the tail of a shark and a long flat snout. But most connoisseurs who indulge in this delicacy aren’t thinking about endangered species or don’t realize they are feeding a controversy about the survival of a prehistoric creature. It is in their hands to help save this species! Kudos to Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, as he has recently stated that he could do without caviar if sturgeon fishing was banned. Ivanov, 54, said black and red caviar, and crab meat was not an essential part of an everyday diet and he could do without his caviar “ration” for five to seven years. “We would repair our national wealth in this time after we so rapaciously annihilated it,” Ivanov said.
Overfishing, poaching, pollution, and poor management have cut sturgeon stocks in the Caspian. Experts say beluga is on the verge of extinction after fish numbers fell by 90 percent over the past 20 years. And since the United States imports about 80 percent of the world’s beluga caviar, a ban in the U.S. too would go far in helping to keep the fish alive. Just to brief you about its pricy-ness, Beluga caviar costs about $1,400 a kg in Moscow markets but sells for 3,700 pounds ($7,400) a kg in London.