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Monday, April 30, 2007

Is it really Caviar?

Condensed from US News & World Report May 7, 2007 issue.

If you don't associate caviar with the state of Indiana, well, it turns out you're mostly right. Last week in Vevay, IN, state conservation officers broke up a ring that was illegally harvesting paddlefish eggs and then selling them as caviar.

A shortage of sturgeon eggs has spawned a lucrative market for paddlefish eggs, which have a similar taste and look. Paddlefish can be legally harvested in the Ohio River but not in tributaries like Tanner's Creek, which is among the locales where the ring was allegedly operating. The tributaries have heavy concentrations of spawning fish, and paddlefish are threatened.