Troutlodge Marine was founded in 2007 to pioneer the research, development, and commercialization of eggs and juveniles of high-value marine finfish species. Our parent company, Troutlodge, Inc., is the world's leading supplier of eyed salmonid eggs, and since 1945 has been at the forefront of developing and supplying superior selectively-bred material for the global salmonid farming industry. Through the creation of Troutlodge Marine, we are leveraging our expertise in fish breeding, genetics, and husbandry to develop superior stocks of marine finfish for the burgeoning global marine aquaculture industry.
While the company officially got its start in July 2007, we actually trace our roots further back, as Troutlodge was engaged in research of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) and other valuable coldwater species for many years prior. This work, which continues today, is done in cooperation with NOAA / National Marine Fisheries Service at NOAA's Manchester Research Station in the Puget Sound, Washington, USA.
Armed with a growing body of research and a desire to begin commercialization of this valuable knowledge, Troutlodge Marine purchased the assets of Unlimited Aquaculture in July 2007. In doing so, we established our first commercial operation, located in the NELHA facility along the Kona coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Since the purchase, Troutlodge Marine Farms of Kona has focused its efforts on sablefish (also known as butterfish or black cod) and moi (Polydactylus sexfilis), working both on broodstock development and the commercialization of these species in the food markets. With the launch of our trademarked Big Island Butterfish line, we have become the first to offer fresh, cultured sablefish to the finest chefs throughout Hawaii. Work is now ongoing to improve upon and expand the capacity of our facilities in Kona, as demand for Big Island Butterfish and moi continues to grow and we further the development of our broodstock lines.
In late 2008, we continued our growth, establishing a presence on the other side of the USA in Vero Beach, Florida through the purchase of Great Bay Aquaculture's cobia broodstock and facilities. Here we are producing cobia eggs and juveniles for sale to on-growing farms throughout the Americas. In addition to this work with cobia, in Vero Beach, we are also producing eggs and juveniles of Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus), as well as selling marine fish ornamentals through our Proaquatix division.
Perhaps our biggest development to date was the recent establishment of our sablefish juvenile production site on the shores of the Hood Canal in Brinnon, Washington. We have developed this site specifically for housing our broodstock and producing the highest-quality eggs and juveniles of this high-value species. 2011 marks our second consecutive year of a commerical run of sablefish juveniles, and farmers are reporting tremendous success in rearing these fish to harvest size.
A lot has happened in the short time since Troutlodge Marine was established in 2007, but we know that our best times are still yet to come. Innovative research continues as we seek to establish ourselves as the world's leading supplier of genetic material for the marine aquaculture industry. The future is exciting, and we look forward to partnering with you as we grow and adapt within this ever-changing market.