The Founders

Ricky Fitzhugh, managing partner of Hoopers Island Oyster Co.

Ricky Fitzhugh

Managing Partner

With deep roots in Dorchester County’s iconic seafood industry, Ricky's business savvy was born on the docks of his family’s fish company. After a decade as a commercial fisherman on the Chesapeake Bay, he harnessed his entrepreneurial skills to launch a successful wholesale fish operation on Hoopers Island. In addition to running our business, manufacturing and sales operations, Ricky owns one of the Mid Atlantic’s largest ice companies serving hundreds of clients in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and D.C.

Johnny Shockley

Founding Partner

A third-generation watermen from Hoopers Island, Johnny crabbed and oystered on the Chesapeake for 30 years. Intrigued by the opportunities surrounding aquaculture, he launched our company with a vision to create a sustainable oyster population. Today Johnny oversees hatchery, nursery and farm operations in Crocheron and Fishing Creek. An aquaculture evangelist, he’s lining up industry partners, policy makers and watermen to lead an oyster revolution on the Chesapeake Bay.

Heather Murren

Chairman of the Board

Innovator, investor and executive, Heather’s business acumen and financial prowess were forged on Wall Street as a leading ‘all-star’ equity research analyst.’ After co-founding Nevada’s first non-profit cancer treatment and research facility, she now invests in emerging technologies and traditional industries that save lives, renew the environment, create jobs, and make the world safer. A native Marylander with roots on the Eastern Shore, Heather’s business interests and passions led her to partner with Ricky and Johnny to seek a globally thriving, sustainable oyster industry.

The Team

Our talented team of oyster farming experts is dedicated to growing premium oysters and being the number one resource for aquaculture equipment, seed and advice.

Hoopers Island team staring at cellphones group photo by bay