Third-generation waterman Johnny Shockley decided to move from traditional oystering and crabbing to a cutting-edge industry: oyster aquaculture. Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company grows oysters in Chesapeake Bay waters. Their Chesapeake Gold and Holy Grail oysters can be found on the menus of restaurants in Dorchester County, around the Eastern Shore, and in cities such as Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Monthly tours of the aquaculture facility are available; call 410-397-3664. Understand the “Journey to Market” from larvae to a market size oyster. Climb aboard their hand-crafted boat, and see the equipment needed to feed, clean and harvest the oysters.
You can also arrange for their shuckers and oyster bars for your event or festival.