In 2000 Maria and Paul Finnegan moved to the Isle of Harris to live and work with their (at that time) two very young children. Previously, they had spent time in developing countries, working on community development projects.
After living and working in various places in Lewis, Harris, South Uist and Barra they moved back to Harris in 2006 and bought a redundant fish hatchery and set up their own fish farming business, Meavag Fish farming Ltd. At that time the company produced Atlantic Salmon smolts, which were sold live to other salmon companies.
However, as time went on, Maria and Paul wanted to have more control and influence over the final product they worked so hard to produce. They wanted to develop a sustainable business that was not reliant on the whims of multi-national salmon companies. They had also not forgotten their time aboard and wanted to set up a charity to help developing countries, but how?
From these ideas, came Trout Hebrides. They changed their focus and started growing Rainbow trout for the table, wanting to create a business that allowed them to live and help sustain a fragile community on the Isle of Harris, but also give back to developing countries.
To help achieve these aims, we give 2p from every item sold to our charity, which in turn gives to community development projects in developing countries.