4 A Process of Black caviar harvesting in Astrakhan Russia in 1960s [photos]

A Process of Black caviar harvesting in Astrakhan Russia in 1960s [photos]

Posted on February 26, 2017 by tim


Black Caviar is one of the most expensive foods in the world. In Russia it was a food and also an income source as Russia exported this delicacy abroad for gold and American currency. The price of one kilo of the stuff is worth around $2,000 and can reach $10,000 for the rare types of the caviar. As of now mostly the harvesting of this food is illegal in Russia, except if you growing fish yourself or there are some more exclusions from this rule. However thousands of poachers earn millions each year from illegal hunt for caviar. They dispose the whole fish bodies and get only the caviars. Each year the chances to get it become less and less as only fish who is 15-20 year old can have caviar inside itself and poachers destroying tens thousands of those old fishes every year.

However in 1960s there were plenty of fish and harvest was official. Here are some photos of the process made by an American photographer while his trip to USSR:

Even in USSR they could harvest the caviar only during two months in each year.

 

This is a sturgeon fish which produce black caviar.


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4 Responses to “A Process of Black caviar harvesting in Astrakhan Russia in 1960s [photos]”

  1. Lipto says:

    Enlighten me, I beg you.

    Is there no way to harvest even a portion of the eggs without killing the fish?

    Is it simple, stupid convenience, that dictates this incredible waste?

    Thank God we do not have to do this with cows every time we need some cheese, milk, yoghurt, or….

    I confess, as an unreserved capitalist, the idea of a happy ‘herd’ of sturgeon, gently milked and… Well.

    You get the idea.

    • Mr. Brady. says:

      …”Is there no way to harvest even a portion of the eggs without killing…”. –No.
      Now, you get the idea.

  2. Lipto says:

    After all. It’s Russia.

    Who would not expect a advance like this?

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