The Upcoming Ban On Caspian Sea Caviar
If you are a fan of beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea and live in the United States you might want to start stocking up. The International Herald Tribune reports that the U.S. is expected to ban the import of beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea in a few weeks. The Caspian states (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia and Turkmenistan) had been given until Tuesday evening to file a joint management plan for the endangered beluga sturgeon. Because they did not file anything the U.S. will be moving toward a caviar ban from those regions. The Food and Wildlife agency is also examining a plan submitted by Romania and Bulgaria for Black Sea beluga sturgeon. In the last five years, the Caspian Sea's beluga population has dropped by half in the last five years and the Black Sea's by a fifth, according to the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora, a U.N. organization. With more restrictions planned for U.S. sturgeon fishing as well, farmed caviar is the future of the industry.