Troutlodge buys Hawaii-based fish farm – Fishupdate.com

Troutlodge buys Hawaii-based fish farm Published:  16 July, 2007

EYED salmonid egg producer Troutlodge has announced that it is expanding into commercial marine aquaculture.

Marine Aqua, a Washington limited liability company formed by the owners of Troutlodge, has purchased Unlimited Aquaculture LLC (UA).

UA was founded in 2004 by Don MacQuarrie and Ian Shand to produce sablefish and halibut in a land-based marine environment at the NELHA facility in Kona, Hawaii. With the purchase, Marine Aqua will expand upon the work of its predecessors, seeking to commercially develop coldwater marine finfish for both food and enhancement purposes. Its long-term goals also include the production and sale of high-quality marine fish juveniles to service the growing marine aquaculture industry.

“Troutlodge has been engaged in marine finfish research for many years, largely in cooperation with the National Marines Fisheries Service. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to now leverage this expertise on a commercial scale. The NELHA facility provides us with a unique opportunity to produce coldwater marine species in a pathogen-free environment and in truly environmentally-sustainable manner,” states Marine Aqua Managing Partner Steve Brown.

NELHA (Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority), located in Kona, Hawaii, is home to nearly 30 tenants in various industries, including aquaculture. This unique facility provides UA with cold, pathogen-free seawater by pumping it from depths of both 2,000 and 3,000 feet. By mixing this cold water with warm surface seawater also pumped by NELHA, UA is able to achieve the optimal temperatures for hatching and grow-out of its products. Located adjacent to the Kona International Airport, the facility allows for easy access for delivery of fresh product to markets around the world.

Unlimited Aquaculture has not yet set a timetable on when product will be commercially available, but does state that it will aim to first serve the Hawaiian seafood markets and then expand to serve the remaining Pacific Rim markets.

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