Green light for caviar fish farm in Som­er­set

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

PLAN­NERS have given the go-ahead for a fish farm near Welling­ton, Som­er­set, sched­uled to pro­duce more than £20 mil­lion of caviar a year.

Rus­sian en­tre­pre­neur Igor Stop­nikov is be­hind the 100,000 sq foot fa­cil­ity, to be lo­cated on an in­dus­trial es­tate in the town of Chel­ston.

Caviar is one of the world’s most ex­pen­sive foods, cost­ing around £85 for a 30g tin of the tiny black stur­geon eggs.

In five years’ time, the plant ex­pects to em­ploy 13 peo­ple and pro­duce around eight tonnes of Osi­etra caviar each year.

In ad­di­tion, the plant will pro­duce around 35 tonnes an­nu­ally of what are de­scribed as stur­geon fish prod­ucts. Their value could take the an­nual rev­enues of the fish farm close to £30 mil­lion.

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