Marineland’s history is a story of innovation with two unique
beginnings. The first opens with Robert Sherman, a Cleveland
entrepreneur and businessman who manufactured high-end lobster
tanks for restaurants and grocery stores. Sherman’s aquatic tanks
included innovative filter technology and other features that made
his tanks superior to competitive models. Sales climbed, the
business grew and soon Sherman was looking to the west.
He purchased Aquarium Stock Company, a Los Angeles retailer, in
1968. An avid collector and breeder of tropical fish since
childhood, Sherman saw the potential in the large store and in the
U.S. pet industry. And he brought his unique brand of innovation to
the endeavor, installing a state-of-the-art marine room that
featured a modular design and a special filtration system based on
the latest science.
During the first full year of operation, sales at the store
tripled, and public aquarium curators from across the country came
to study what Sherman and his team of craftsmen, plastic experts
and aquatic scientists were doing.