Norwegian entrepreneur and founder of Sterling Caviar Jacob Stolt-Nielsen (1931-2015) came from a long line of fishermen. As a young man, Jacob came to the realization that mankind’s irresponsible harvesting of the ocean would create a negative, irreversible impact if continued. And so, spawning from his family history in fishing, Jacob naturally gravitated toward aquaculture. In 1973, he opened his first fish farm off the coast of Norway – Stolt Sea Farm – where he began farming salmon. As the years passed, Stolt Sea Farm’s operations grew to include the farming of sole and turbot, expanding into many other countries. In 1988, Stolt Sea Farm opened Stolt Sea Farm California LLC – a facility in Northern California to farm-raise white sturgeon. This farm was the first to raise the world-famous sturgeon, the fish from which the delicacy caviar comes. In 2006, Stolt Sea Farm California, LLC changed their name to Sterling Caviar, LLC. Today, Sterling Caviar is the leader in sustainable sturgeon farming and sturgeon caviar production, its innovative land-based farms consistently recognized for their sustainable farming practices and the long-term protection of the sturgeon species.