Culture of Siberian sturgeon in the northern highlands of Thailand – Video

Video credit: Parinya Sutthinon (Thailand)

Review: Parinya Sutthinon and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the video channel)




This video has been filmed in the Royal-Inthanon Project located in the mountain area in Chiangmai Province, Thailand.

The Royal Project which was founded in 1969 aimed to help the hill-tribe poor people who lived in Inthanon Mountain – or other high mountains in the north of Thailand- to become self-supporting and to develop the skills about aquaculture towards enhancing household nutrition and increasing their income.

The concrete raceways shown in the video are located at a height of about 1300 m above sea level on a small tributary stream of the River Klang near the base of Siriphum Waterfall on Doi Inthanon National Park. The low water temperature at such high elevation has been found suitable for the Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) bearing in mind that rainbow trout is grown on the same farm.

The introduction of Siberian sturgeon targeted to produce high quality meat as well as the production of black caviar. In fact, the first batch of caviar has been produced by the sturgeon raised in the mountains of Chiang Mai.

Being not native to Thailand, the sturgeon was introduced as eggs from Russia and was hatched by the Department of Fisheries to in nurseries on Doi Inthanon. They were then sent to the Baan Lek Nai Pa Yai project at Doi Dam.


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