Caviar Guide by Marky's
Purebred Beluga Caviar from Sturgeon Aquafarms
True Beluga Caviar (Huso Huso) sustainably produced by Sturgeon Aquafarms in Florida - the only Beluga aquafarm in U.S., which has met all the conditions and get U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval. Sturgeon Aquafarms was founded in 2003 with the intent to provide Beluga, Sevruga and Sterlet sturgeon for the world market. In 2005, our focus quickly expanded, as CITES and the UN closed exports from the Caspian Sea and the United States prohibited imports of Beluga products. As the only company currently in possession of these critically endangered species in this hemisphere, we have a unique position not only in the United States but globally, due to our successful breeding methods. Our focus has now grown to include assisting in re-population efforts, the transfer of technology through joint international agreements and the development of successful captive breeding techniques for these unique species.
Beluga Caviar vs. Beluga Hybrid
Since the ban on Beluga caviar import was introduced, its substitute appeared on the market - Beluga hybrid. Traders is U.S. offer only this type of caviar. It's the result of cross-breeding Beluga with other types of sturgeon, e.g. Siberian Sturgeon, which will be labeled as "Huso huso x Acipenser baerii". It's still a high quality caviar, but it's not a classic purebred beluga.
The real Beluga caviar comes from purebred beluga sturgeon from Caspian sea basin, labeled "Huso Huso", this type of sturgeon and its caviar doesn't cross with other breeds. The only Beluga aquafarm in U.S. is Sturgeon Aquafarm in Florida where pure beluga is raised and which has a unique sustainable production of caviar. For the first time in 15 years Marky's offers you a true Beluga Caviar (Huso Huso) on U.S. market.
Beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) are listed as a “critically endangered” species on the IUCN Red List and are protected by CITES.
The largest of all sturgeon species is the most prestigious of all due to its caviar, once the most expensive food product in the world. It has been unavailable in the USA since 2005 when it was placed on the Endangered Species Act list, making it illegal in trade. Sturgeon Aquafarms, at that time, was the only facility in the USA with live fish. In 2016, Sturgeon Aquafarms obtained the only existing permit exemption to trade in this species.
The species endured a 90% decline in global stocks over the last 60 years.
Business Insider: Inside America's Only Beluga Caviar Farm
Sturgeon Aquafarms in Florida and the only Beluga Caviar manufacturing in U.S. - Business Insider's video:
Forbes: Sustainable Beluga and other sturgeons production at Marky's
"In 1999, Marky's, a Miami-based gourmet food store, noticed a decline in the availability of beluga caviar sourced from the wild. This led to the founding of an affiliate company that, according to Mark Zaslavsky (Marky's CEO and managing partner at Sturgeon Aquafarms), "could emulate Caspian Sea habitat for the growing of sturgeon in Florida, USA."
Read more: Sturgeon Aquafarms Aims To Sustainably Produce Caviar While Restoring Wild Sturgeon Populations, Forbes, April 2019
Bloomberg: Once banned, Beluga Caviar is slated to make its way back
"True beluga caviar—the roe from a beluga sturgeon—has been illegal in America since 2005, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) banned the import of all beluga products from the Caspian Sea. There’s one little-known exception. In 2016, Bascom, Florida-based Sturgeon Aquafarms was granted the first exemption by the FWS for the commercial sale of beluga. Owners Mark Zaslavsky and Mark Gelman had to meet several conditions, including not relying on stock from the Caspian Sea and helping to restore wild beluga. It’s taken the company three years, but it says it’s finally ready to bring the product to market."
Read more: The Men With a Monopoly on Beluga Caviar in the U.S., Bloomberg, June 2019
Robb Report: For $11,488 per Pound, Americans Can Finally Eat Beluga Caviar Again
"An American aquaculture farm is now selling the delicacy that has been banned for import since 2005."
Read more: Beluga Caviar Is Now Available in the US Thanks to Marky's Caviar, Robb Report, June 2020