Sturgeon farming. (Photo: Veta la Palma)
EUR 5 million invested in sturgeon farming
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 16:40 (GMT + 9)
The center for breeding and fattening juvenile fish, Veta la Palma, of the Hisparroz group, has received grants worth EUR 5 million to raise three commercial sturgeon species originating in the Black Sea.
Having obtained the agreement for breeding these species is the result of several years of working to overcome scientific and administrative controls.
Financial contributors are the European Union (EU), the Spanish Government and the Junta de Andalucía.
According to the ecologist and environmental manager of these facilities, Miguel Medialdea, this project will increase the high value of fish production of Veta la Palma, which will be destined "to the most demanding international markets."
Moreover, it will serve for future European Atlantic sturgeon farming in order to reintroduce it into the river Guadalquivir.
"It has been shown, with the final endorsement of the Doñana Natural Area and agencies in Andalusia, the farm is perfectly equipped for the cultivation of sturgeon as sturgeon farming here is an important step not only for the company and its positioning in the market but also for aquaculture development in Andalusia," Medialdea told EFE.
The specialist said that every species reintroduced into the habitat where they became extinct, also requires a previous recovery of the habitat.
"This is the first step for everyone in integrating in to a common strategy to improve the quality of the Guadalquivir river in order to, at any given time, be able to reintroduce a flagship species such as sturgeon, which is something like Lynx of Guadalquivir River, " added the scientist.
Meanwhile, the sturgeon is losing its reputation as 'fish of the kings' to return to the tables of consumers in Spain.
According to the chef at the restaurant in Hotel Palace de Madrid, Nacho Sánchez, sturgeon have "a flavor for every palate. " As a result, he announced that as of 31 March, his restaurant recipes include among its seven courses with the sturgeon as a protagonist.
For its part, the general director of Caviar de Riofrio, Diego Pozas, said that to regain the Mediterranean Sea sturgeon, a species nearly extinct in the northern hemisphere, they were raised in captivity.
In 2010, the company sold more than 15 tonnes of sturgeon meat and this year expects to reach up to 30 tonnes of production, said its director general.
Por Analia Murias