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sustainable American caviar & sturgeon North Carolina | U.S.A

NO HORMONES • NO BORAX • NO ANTIBIOTICS

Osetra caviar comes only from Russian sturgeon (acipenser gueldenstaedii).
In the traditional caviar hierarchy, the Caspian Sea sturgeon species produce the best caviars in the world.
Of these, the top 3 are Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga. Osetra caviar is shadowed only by Beluga, with Sevruga in third place.

Ossetra (also Osetra, Oscetra) caviar refers specifically to the roe of Russian sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii), referred to as the Persian sturgeon (Acipenser persicus) in some regions (N. Fletcher, Caviar, Reaction Books Ltd. 2010). The “Osetra” label is reserved for Russian sturgeon caviar the way that the label “Black Angus” beef can only come from the exceptional breed of cattle that bears that name. There are 27 sturgeon species worldwide, including white sturgeon (acipenser transmontanous), Siberian sturgeon (acipenser baerii) and Sevruga (acipenser stellatus). These varieties do not produce Osetra.

Marshallberg Farm is proud to produce domestic, sustainable, quality Osetra caviar and Russian sturgeon meat. With facilities in eastern and western North Carolina, we are the the only producer of Russian sturgeon and Osetra caviar in the U.S.A.

Today's Caviar no more wild caught

Caspian sturgeon species are critically endangered in the wild. Due to over-fishing, virtually all caviar from Caspian Sea sturgeon species is currently farmed.  More than 80% of caviar sold in the US is imported from Chinese farms. Unlike China, the U.S. enforces strict food, safety and environmental regulations. Unlike imports, U.S. aquaculture farms can not use hormones, antibiotics or borax. Our fish are fed a high quality diet designed for Russian Sturgeon, made in the USA. Our processing facilities are HACCP-approved by the FDA and USDA.

 

our facilities pioneers of r.a.s.

 Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) are the newest way to raise fish without negatively impacting the environment. More like a multi-million dollar water treatment plant than a fish farm, our RAS facilities provide the highest filtration possible in modern aquaculture. Although this is the most expensive way to raise fish, it is also the most responsible. Over 80% of caviar consumed in the US is imported from farms that would not pass US environmental regulations. Caviar from an RAS facility is considered the best option for both sustainability and purity.

Sturgeon & Aquaculture hatch to harvest

Today, Osetra caviar is produced exclusively though aquaculture. In addition to being the primary source of caviar today, aquaculture of sturgeon is presently considered the most important component of wild sturgeon conservation programs. By providing a superior supply of sustainable meat and caviar, we positively impact endangered wild sturgeon.

 

critically endangered crisis in the caspian

Prehistoric survivors of the ice age, sturgeon are among the largest freshwater fishes in the world, with some individuals exceeding 2,000 pounds. Sturgeons grow slowly and mature late, making them particularly vulnerable to man-made pressures, including overfishing, poaching, habitat loss and pollution. The Caspian Sea and its rivers are highly polluted from the oil industry and once abundant spawning grounds for sturgeon have been ruined by dams. The few remaining Russian Sturgeon are being caught illegally. Populations of valuable caviar-producing species have dropped to as low as 5% of historical levels worldwide.  This is particularly evident in the Caspian Sea region, which has traditionally been the source of most of the world’s caviar. In fact, as of 2013, all species of sturgeon native to that region, as well as several from other continents including North America are currently listed as endangered or critically endangered.

Above: Astrakhan, Russia - June 17, 1985: Some of the last Russian sturgeon, caught in fishing nets on the river Volga. This fishing area called "The 9th AAAAAAA" was not far from the Caspian sea.
Above: Astrakhan, Russia – June 17, 1985: Some of the last Russian sturgeon, caught in fishing nets on the river Volga. This fishing area called “The 9th AAAAAAA” was not far from the Caspian sea.

conservation hope for sturgeon

In addition to being the primary source of caviar today, sustainable aquaculture of sturgeon is presently considered the most important component of wild sturgeon conservation programs. 

Early conservation efforts of sturgeon include the establishment of hatchery operations along the Volga River by the USSR in the early 1950s. Modern day sturgeon aquaculture traces its roots to the efforts of those Soviet biologists.

U.S. farmed Russian sturgeon is a “Best Choice” for sustainable seafood by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.
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Marshallberg Farm | Pioneers of RAS
Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) are the newest way to raise fish without negatively impacting the environment. More like a multi-million dollar water treatment plant than a fish farm, our RAS facilities provide the highest filtration possible in modern aquaculture. Although this is the most expensive way to raise fish, it is also the most responsible. Over 80% of caviar consumed in the US is imported from farms that would not pass US environmental regulations. Caviar from a US RAS facility is considered the best option for both sustainability and purity.
 
Today’s Caviar | No More Wild Caught

Caspian sturgeon species are critically endangered in the wild. Due to over-fishing, virtually all caviar from Caspian Sea sturgeon species is currently farmed.  More than 80% of caviar sold in the US is imported from Chinese farms. Unlike China, the U.S. enforces strict food, safety and environmental regulations. Unlike imports, U.S. caviar farms can not use hormones, antibiotics or borax. Our fish are fed a high quality diet designed for Russian Sturgeon, made in the USA. Our processing facilities are HACCP-approved by the FDA and USDA.


The Sturgeon Saga

Prehistoric survivors of the ice age, sturgeon are among the largest freshwater fishes in the world, with some individuals exceeding 2,000 pounds. Sturgeons grow slowly and mature late, making them particularly vulnerable to man-made pressures, including overfishing, poaching, habitat loss and pollution. The Caspian Sea and its rivers are highly polluted from the oil industry and once abundant spawning grounds for sturgeon have been ruined by dams. The few remaining Russian Sturgeon are being caught illegally. Populations of valuable caviar-producing species have dropped to as low as 5% of historical levels worldwide.  This is particularly evident in the Caspian Sea region, which has traditionally been the source of most of the world’s caviar. In fact, as of 2013, all species of sturgeon native to that region, as well as several from other continents including North America are currently listed as endangered or critically endangered.

Conservation Efforts

In addition to being the primary source of caviar today, sustainable aquaculture of sturgeon is presently considered the most important component of wild sturgeon conservation programs. Early conservation efforts of sturgeon include the establishment of hatchery operations along the Volga River by the USSR in the early 1950s. Modern day sturgeon aquaculture traces its roots to the efforts of those Soviet biologists.

U.S. farmed Russian sturgeon is a “Best Choice” for sustainable seafood by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.

Caviar Reviews

Marshallberg Farm

Verified Owner Reviews

James Moseley 07/08/21

Classic Osetra
If you ever wondered what the fuss about (good) caviar is all about , then order some from Marshallberg Farm and you will find out . I acquired a taste for it back in the 60’s & 70’s , when Russian Beluga was still available , but have not been able to recreate the experience until now . I ordered my first tin from them about a year ago , curious to know if the product measured up to my expectations which it did beyond my wildest hopes . I admit to being a ‘ Caviar Snob ‘ and shamelessly want nothing but the best when I indulge in it . Marshallberg Farm delivers the goods every time . You can pay a lot more from other vendors with fancy names and New York addresses but the taste and quality will not match the freshness and integrity of this . Take it from a food snob , this caviar rocks , you won’t be disappointed .

Alan Weiner 07/22/21

Classic Osetra
Excellent caviar. We used to order from Petrossian but this caviar arrives in perfect condition, is every bit as good, less expensive and originates from a small American business. Highly recommended for all these reasons!

Bert Sackman 07/04/21

Royal Osetra
Because Marshallberg Farm’s osetra caviar is superior to all of the caviars available today, I order it once a month. I have served and eaten the Royal in traditional formats, such as with chopped egg, minced shallot, creme fraiche, and blinis, as canapes, as a delightful caviar and egg sandwich, as a garnish for pasta carbonara or simply with scrambled eggs. but my favorite way to eat it is by itself along with a glass of Champagne.

Jeffrey Shock 02/16/21

Classic Osetra
Tasted the caviar at a virtual champagne and caviar tasting. It was amazing. I have ordered the product two additional times for special occasions. It is truly a great tasting product. I have introduced to several friends who have become members.

Par 07/17/21

Classic Osetra
Perfection — just the right saltiness, divine glorious texture, and it tastes marvelous!

Frances Aquino 08/30/20

Classic Osetra
We ordered the Classic Osetra Caviar – 4 oz for my parent’s 65th Anniversary party since my mother and father LOVE caviar and it was a HUGE hit!
First of all, the customer service could not have been better. I was a bit “green” when it comes to caviar and I was also really nervous about ordering, but Lianne was patient, extremely knowledgeable, and answered all of my questions to put me at ease. I cannot even describe how amazing and “buttery” this caviar was. Every bite was so pleasurable to the palate and there was plenty to go around for 10 people. We made a complete caviar set up tray with the eggs, onions, capers, lemons and creme fraiche and plopped the tray right down in front of my Mom and Dad — they were in heaven!!
We will absolutely order caviar again from Marshallberg Farm for our next occasion. Maybe my 60th birthday…? 🙂

Debra Erhart 12/14/2019

Classic Osetra
I am admittedly a caviar fanatic! I read about Marshallberg Farms and immediately had to try it. The Classic Osetra is exceptional! It rivals even the best that is available here East Coast. The first time I ordered it, I opened a 1.75 tin ( just to taste) and ended up polishing off all by myself standing in the kitchen. ( I did slice a lemon and toasted 2 pieces of thin sliced bread) I’m going to now admit I didn’t tell anyone about the other tin. It is that good!!! I have also tried the smoked sturgeon. I made a spicy fish dip with it and also served it on crackers with a sour cream horseradish sauce. One of the owners Lianne , is very helpful and adds a personal touch every time. The packaging is all environmentally friendly and arrives ice cold. Perfect gift ( even if it’s for yourself.

Jamee King 02/03/21

Royal Osetra
P E O P L E – think no more , press the “add to cart “. I grew up eating caviar, and this- by far – has been the best. One of the most amazing perks is there is a phone number with AN ACTUAL PERSON that you can call I’d you think your order might need updating

I got some for my family for Xmas – we took a bite and all looked at each other , like “whoah”.

Stop reading this and just press the button already.

Already put my super bowl and Valentine’s Day order in.

You can thank me later

Amanda 04/24/21

Royal Osetra
The quality was truely Royal Osetra. Fresh and delivered on time with detailed instructions how to store and for how long and where inside the fridge. True attention to detail quality. Highly recommended.

Sam Greene 01/21/21

Royal Osetra
Absolutely best caviar outside the iron curtain (not pc, but true)!
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