Sterling Caviar, being the largest caviar producer in the United States, has had an illustrious history going back to 1983 when Stolt Sea Farm started sturgeon production in Wilton, CA.In 1985, Sierra Aquafarms started their operations in Elverta, CA (current site of Sterling Caviar), and soon became the pioneer in water recirculating technology. Soon, the two companies formed a joint venture and operated as Stolt Sea Farm California LLC with the goal of developing methods for producing caviar from sturgeon.
In 1988, the Company became the first commercial sturgeon farming operation in California. Using sustainable farming practices and tank reconfigurations at our aquafarms, our world-famous white sturgeon begin producing caviar. Several years later in 1993, and thanks to the ongoing collaboration with U.C. Davis and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, we became the first in the world to produce commercial quantities of caviar from tank-raised sturgeon!
In 2006, Stolt Sea Farm California LLC changed its name to Sterling Caviar and continued to operate the four farms in California: Elverta, Wilton, Elk Grove and Ione. In October 2020, Sterling Caviar was acquired by its new owner, Eugene Fernandez, a New York entrepreneur/businessman intent on growing the aquaculture business while adhering to the work ethics and principles taught by his late father. With a truly dedicated, supportive, and highly-knowledgeable Management team in place, the Company continues to be the leading producer of domestic caviar, serving the most discerning chefs, customers, and caviar connoisseurs both here in the U.S. and abroad.