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 Hoopers Island, 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 joined Ricky to launch Hoopers Island with a vision to create a sustainable oyster population. Today, Johnny continues to serve as a company owner while simultaneously creating programs to restore the oyster as a keystone species of the Chesapeake Bay.

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.