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Fisherman Now Required To Get Permit For Caviar

Last updated on Monday, July 25, 2011

(UNDATED) - Indiana is now requiring fishermen to buy a special permit if they want to be part of a growing Hoosier caviar business.

Six years ago, the Bush Administration banned the import of beluga sturgeon's eggs, the traditional source of caviar.

Gourmets looking for a substitute have discovered Ohio River Paddlefish Eggs look and taste similar.

That's meant a bonanza for licensed and unlicensed fishermen.

The state hopes to make it more difficult with pricey new licenses for roe harvesters and dealers.

Brian Schoenung with the department of natural resources says the state will be able to track whether there's more hitting the market than legally issued permits should allow.

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