In order to give a concrete answer to this question it is necessary to analyze some facts. Every year in Sardinia people eat approximately 150 tons of grey mullet bottarga, considering that during the transformation of the roe into bottarga – ready to eat – it loses 40-50% of its original weight and that fresh eggs usually do not weigh more that 12/15% of the fish’s weight, therefore, in Sardinia, in order to satisfy this consumption approximately two-thousand three-hundred tons of female grey mullets would have to be fished, which is clearly out of proportion. The truth is evident: the vast majority of fresh roe, that are transformed and sold as bottarga – in Sardinia and in Italy, come from grey mullet fished in non-sardinian waters and, more often than not, in foreign waters.
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