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About Romanian Caviar



It's rumored that Ukranian sailors, who routinely crossed the Balck Sea, once had a prevalent secret trade route that slowly crisscrossed down through small ports of call along the Romanian border of the Danube River. Created solely for the purpose of smuggling the highly sought-after Romanian caviar out of the country to black-market customers in foreign lands, this illegal trade has all but dried up. Romania has had great success in diminishing the illegal sale of wild sturgeon caviar.

This is due in part to strict enforcement and oversite of international CITES regulation requirements regarding production, harvesting and export of caviar. In order to diminish the impact of the unassailable fact of of the imminent wild sturgeon population decline facing their country, Romania turned to sustainable farming of the popular species. Romanian sturgeon aquaculture was first successfully achieved with Beluga Sturgeons in 2004.

Since the success of the first sustainable sturgeon fishery opened in Isaccea, ten successful and reputable private sturgeon hatcheries have begun production in Romania. The most popular species in Romanian sturgeon farms are Stellate Sturgeon, Russian Sturgeon, Beluga Sturgeon, and Sterlet.