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. Having lived and worked 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. So, with that in mind, they changed their focus and started growing Rainbow trout for the table. This led to them establishing Trout Hebrides.