Troutlodge Marine is led by a team of the foremost experts in cold and warm water marine finfish culture. Drawing on years of expertise in fish breeding and husbandry, this team is leading efforts in research & development and commercialization of high-value marine finfish species, and making Troutlodge Marine one of the most recognized leaders in the industry today. Below are brief biographies of each of our unit leaders.
Steve Brown | Tacoma, WashingtonSteve is the Chairman of Troutlodge, Inc. and Troutlodge Marine LLC. In addition, Steve leads the sales and development efforts for Troutlodge Marine, working actively with the Troutlodge Marine team to identify and pursue new opportunties around the world. Steve has been involved with Troutlodge as the company's Chief Legal Counsel since 1981, and now is a part of the company's ownership team.
John Dentler | Brinnon, Washington
John is the Managing Partner of Troutlodge Sablefish LLC and a shareholder and Board Member of Troutlodge Chile. Mr. Dentler also is the Director of Government Relations for Troutlodge USA. John led Troutlodge Chile from 2007 through 2010. Prior to joining Troutlodge, John had his own law firm specializing in land use and environmental issues. He has also worked for NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Congress, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other agencies. John holds a B.S. in Fisheries, M.S. in Ecology and J.D. John enjoys fishing, hiking, gathering mushrooms, exercising, and spending time with his family.
Jim Parsons | Sumner, Washington
Jim has been with Troutlodge since 1998, leading the company's Technical Services Department, which includes research, genetics, health management, regulatory relations, and broodstock management. He has been instrumental in the development of Troutlodge Marine, with a particular focus on development of our sablefish operations that are currently housed in Brinnon, Washington. Prior to joining Troutlodge, Jim spent over 20 years in the commercial trout industry in Idaho. He is now a part of the Troutlodge ownership team and is excited to lead the company's efforts to expand into commercial marine aquaculture. When not working with fish, Jim can be found catching them, anywhere and everywhere.
Fabricio Bueno | Vero Beach, Florida
Fabricio is the General Manager of Troutlodge Marine Farms of Florida. He joined the company in December 2008, after serving the company's predecessors prior to then. He enjoys the whole process of fish production and the challenges of working with new species. He envisions Troutlodge Marine becoming a leader in marine finfish juvenile production, as well as the supply of ornamental fish through the Proaquatix division. Fabricio holds a Bachelor's degree from Jacksonville University and a Master's from Auburn University, and enjoys fishing, diving, surfing, and spending time with his wife and dog when not working with fish.
Eric Wagner | Vero Beach, Florida
Eric came to Troutlodge Marine following the transition in ownership from Dyer Aqua. He had been with Dyer since 2001, and therefore brings a wealth of experience to help lead our team in Vero Beach. Before joining Dyer Aqua, Eric was involved in catfish research at Auburn University, where he received his Master's Degree in aquaculture. He also has experience in oyster research at Louisiana State University. Eric's vision for Troutlodge Marine is that we become the world leader in supplying marine eggs and fingerlings, and he says the best part of his job is that he gets to produce a product with real and meaningful value for our customers. When not at work, Eric enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.
Tom & Megan Sorby | Brinnon, Washington
Tom and Megan Sorby are the managers of Troutlodge Marine's sablefish hatchery in Brinnon, WA. Tom is originally from the England and has a Bachelor's degree in Aquaculture & Fisheries Management from Sparsholt College and a Masters degree in Sustainable Aquaculture from the University of Stirling. Megan is from Kentucky and holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science in Marine Biology and Chemistry as well as a Master's in Sustainable Aquaculture from the University of Stirling. Both Tom and Megan have extensive experience with system design and the culture of many different species. When not up to their elbows in sablefish production, Tom and Megan both enjoy fishing, walking their hound dogs, Grayson and Layla, and fighting over which is better, rugby or American football.