Published: Aug 10, 2010 8:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 10, 2010 5:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Roberto Kasinsky's company Rokaviar is part an industry spawning in Florida: Caviar farming.

After spending 13 years forging a new agricultural landscape in a state known for citrus and cattle, Kasinsky's company this year made its first major harvest of the tiny black pearls.

Rokaviar - the company he nourished after learning about sturgeon, constructing a farm, developing the right blend of fish food and making plenty of mistakes - expects to produce 3 to 4 tons of caviar this year to sell to cruise ships, restaurants and airlines.

Kasinsky turned from caviar consumer to sturgeon farmer knowing little about the fish, which take years to mature.

His growing enterprise sits on 17 acres in an area where tropical fruit and tomatoes grow.