“It is a really great development,” said local fisherman Kjell Strömbäck to news agency TT.
Strömbäck is one of 35 fishermen with a permit to trawl for vendace in Sweden, where this year’s season has just finished after five weeks of trawling.
The result is some 50 tonnes of vendace roe, which boasts a retail price of 200 kronor ($30) or more per 100 grammes.
Demand for vendace roe is increasing globally, not in the least after being used by the Swedish Culinary Olympic team when they took their third gold in the Culinary Olympics two weeks ago.
The roe will now be transported from the Bothnian Bay in the Swedish north to Tokyo’s luxury eateries. The launch in Japan is set to take place in restaurants that have been awarded stars in the French Guide Michelin.
The vendace is a freshwater whitefish found in lakes in northern Europe, especially in Finland, Sweden, Russia and Estonia, and in some lakes of the United Kingdom, northern Germany and Poland. It is found also in brackish water in the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Bothnia of the Baltic Sea.
Vendace roe is considered a delicacy and the type of roe which originates in the Swedish Bothnian Bay archipelago, called Kalix löjrom was granted a PDO status two years ago.
“For me as a fisherman it hasn’t meant that much. But it has started things moving when it comes to launching the product abroad,” said Strömbäck to TT.