After a nine year ban Russia has begun exporting sturgeon caviar to the European Union up to 150 kg (330 lbs) of black caviar from farmed fish as “a symbolic volume,” said Alexander Savelyev, a spokesman for the Federal Fisheries

This ban occurred, fearing extinction of sturgeon prized for its caviar eggs Russia. The move however had encouraged poaching as well as illegal exports to Europe through Turkey and the Causasus.

Savelyev said he foresaw caviar export growth in the future. Several fish farms already operate in the Kaluga, Rostov, Astrakhan, and Novosibirsk regions.

“We expect a lot of farmed caviar in a year or two,” he told AFP, adding Russia could produce up to 200 tonnes of caviar a year for a 350-tonne market.

Source: AFPrelaxNews, Luxuo