Born and raised on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, we worked as watermen and for our families’ businesses. Life was good, but overfishing and the declining health of the Chesapeake Bay continued to deplete the natural oyster population.
Resilient and resolute, we turned to sustainable oyster aquaculture as a path forward for our environment – and our way of life.
Applying the principles and practices passed down by generations of watermen, we harnessed our experience to grow premium oysters in the waters surrounding Hoopers Island. Along the way, we created replicable models that inspire people to adopt our aquaculture methods.
Today, the Hoopers Island Oyster Co. is a multi-generational family business. Timeless traditions married with innovative technologies defines our spirit and our business model.
From seed to shuck, we invite you to discover oyster farming, the watermen’s way.
on a Half Shell
Raised in the Chesapeake – where Atlantic seawater mixes with fresh water tributaries – our signature Golds are prized by oyster lovers for their distinct merroir and golden hue. A fusion of salt and sweet found in every deep cup. Available in four varietals.
One taste and you’re hooked.Our Oysters
In the News
Oyster growers today have many options to choose the best grow-out method and gear thanks to advancements in technology and increased opportunities to …
Oyster aquaculture company principals Scott Budden (Orchard Point) and Johnny Shockley (Hoopers Island) call on the Maryland Department of the Environ …
Oysters are one of nature's mightiest conservationists – and the foundation of clean waterways around the world.
Hope on a Half Shell
Imagine a future…
when the Chesapeake Bay leads the world in oyster production.
A time when dozens of shucking houses, and hundreds of oyster farms, employ tens of thousands of people, in a billion dollar industry.
We believe farm raised oysters are the engine of an economic, environmental and cultural revolution.
The future starts today.