Caviar from Living Belugas

AKAZIE’s team has now nearly ten years of experience in caviar production from Acipenser baerii and A. gueldenstaedtii without killing the fish. These species are easy to keep in aquaculture. They are easy to handle when it comes to stripping. Their grains are big enough, especially when they are spawning for the second or third time. We had egg sizes up to 3.5 mm. The taste is very good (baerii) to excellent (gueldenstaedtii). They spawn every 12 to 18 months, so that you can organize an all-year-round production, if you know how to do it.

But still, everybody wants to have Beluga caviar. That’s the stuff for which consumers pay the highest prices. They say it’s because of the unrivaled taste, the size of the eggs, the price. And because it became rare in the market.

This summer we had our first chance to be invited to the stripping of a few Huso huso, a rare occasion because you need more then 3 strong men to strip them. We could arrange a small test production of Beluga caviar at the facility of a nice colleague, who had scheduled the production of fertilized eggs. We tested our patented process with a few handful of eggs from the first fish. It did not work as well as expected. But later we learnt that the fertilization of these eggs didn’t work either. The eggs  were simply overmature. The next fish, however, was perfect for both parties, those who fertilized the eggs and us who activated the eggs and stabilized them. We had perfect Beluga caviar.

The good message to all those who have Belugas: we have the solution for you if you want to keep your precious fish alive.

Times are over where the saying was true: You cannot keep the fish and eat the caviar too. Yes, we can.

Posted in Beluga, Business, Caviar, Gueldenstaedtii, Huso huso, Our Services, Planning, Processing, Russian, Siberian, Sturgeon, Work Package

Hello friends of living sturgeon and of good caviar!

We hope to see you all at the ISS8 of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society in September in Vienna, the Mekka of all who want to see the sturgeon survive!

At the ISS8, Angela Köhler will give a presentation about our recent investigations on caviar from different producers and processed by different methods. We plan to bring samples of caviar produced according to her new method of activating mature, ovulated eggs to stabilize their membranes. Look here to find more about the program.

We are looking forward to discussing with you! The Head of the Technology Transfer Office of AWI will be with us and answer questions related to the terms of licenses.

Posted in Caviar, Planning, Processing, Sturgeon, Work Package

Stripping Eggs

If you never saw how easy it is to harvest the eggs of a sturgeon female, watch this video! Since our first experiences with Huso huso, however, we know that it takes a few more men and women to strip a Beluga.

We show this video, because we want to emphasize that this part of the caviar production from living sturgeons is not patented. It is an established technology used by many farmers, and used since centuries with all kinds os fish. The trick for making good caviar (which is patented) comes afterwards.

Can you see the beautiful eggs? After stripping, a short treatment according to the AWI patent will make perfect caviar out of them…

Posted in Caviar, Processing, Sturgeon