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The Royal Caviar Company hatches first batch of sturgeon eggs in Abu Dhabi

posted on 06/09/2011: 3254 views



The Royal Caviar Company (TRCC), the world's largest and most technologically advanced producer of high quality sustainably produced caviar, has witnessed the hatching of its first sturgeon fish in Abu Dhabi. Almost 120,000 sturgeon eggs were flown in from Germany last month, and since their arrival, TRCC has seen more than 80% of these eggs successfully hatch representing the company's first batch of locally-grown sturgeon.

The young sturgeon will be reared not only for the production of caviar and sturgeon meat products, but will also form a part of the company's first broodstock for breeding.

TRCC's Abu Dhabi-based factory utilises world-leading pisciculture technology from its partner United Food Technologies AG to deliver the best quality end product in significant volumes each month. Thus, the factory's state-of-the-art and controlled facilities provide an ideal environment for breeding, as recent success has shown. Moving forward, TRCC aims to have sturgeon eggs hatch on a yearly basis to allow the factory to become entirely self-sustaining.

Robert Harper, Group Commercial Director of Bin Salem Holding, owners of TRCC, commented; 'The Royal Caviar Company is well placed to address the world's growing demand for high quality caviar and this first substantial hatching is an exciting milestone for the factory as we look towards long term self-sustainability here in Abu Dhabi. Over 120,000 eggs achieved a hatch rate of 80%, which is highly encouraging and we look forward to this batch of sturgeon producing our Year Five harvest.

TRCC is the largest caviar factory of its kind in the world, allowing economical use of the world's best technology and enabling monthly production of high quality caviar and fillets. When fully operational, the 50,000m2 factory has the capacity to produce up to 35 tonnes of caviar each year, satisfying almost 10% percent of the global supply and demand gap. The first commercial batch of caviar and fillets is planned for the second half of 2012.

The company is set to release its first commercial batch of caviar and fillets in the second half of 2012.

Based in Abu Dhabi, TRCC operates out of a factory sized at 50,000m2. The factory is capable of producing up to 35 tonnes per annum of high quality caviar of Ossetra standard. Using cutting edge technologies, the factory aims to help meet the growing global demand for caviar, minimising the pressure on wild endangered sturgeon and providing quality of life for the fish. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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