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The Associated Press reports that there is a catfish breeder in Missouri has identified another potentially lucrative source of income: the paddlefish, a prehistoric river fish, also known as a spoonbill, which is considered a delicacy in China and the Far East and is valued abroad for its black caviar eggs.

The good news for breeder Jim Kahrs: the US has imposed a ban in importing beluga sturgeon from Russia, Ukraine and other Caspian Sea countries, which means that there is a shortage of caviar in the US. And while some experts say that it can’t compare to the Russian variety, Missouri caviar is seen as at least a legitimate option.

The cost is seen as a positive in favor of the Missouri version – it is about 10 percent of the cost of the imported variety.
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