Osage Catfisheries Incorporated was founded in 1953 by Jim Kahrs and family, with Paddlefish production beginning in 1981 after the headlines about declining wild sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea. The parent company Osage Catfisheries, Inc. of L’Osage Caviar Company launched its’ “Paddlefish Ranching Program” in the clean waters of the Missouri Ozarks in 1984 to offer a future alternative to wild caught caviar.
In anticipation of a growing consumer awareness of the overharvesting of wild Sturgeon populations around the world and now Paddlefish here in the United States for their black gold it was our family’s goal to be able to supply high end caviar from sustainable farm raised Paddlefish. Being the only C.I.T.E.S., (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) farm approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to export our product and the fact that we have our own bloodline and DNA marker on our Paddlefish we would like to invite you to try our caviar in your home.
There has always been a certain mystique about caviar. At L’Osage Caviar Co. we use a traditional Russian process and the skills of a long time processor to ensure that our caviar will rival any available on the market today.
You as a consumer have many choices when it comes to purchasing caviar. Our farm raised ranched Paddlefish caviar is the only one that can claim it is a “green” caviar. Paddlefish from our operations feed on only a natural diet of phytoplankton and zooplanktons in the lakes that they are ranched in for 10-12 years making for a product that has no impact on the environment.
Be a part of the solution to the over harvest of wild Sturgeon and Paddlefish populations only purchase farm raised caviar products.
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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