The Founders

Johnny Shockley


As 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 Hoopers Island Oyster Company to create a sustainable oyster population and provide a new way forward for Maryland’s Watermen. In 2019 Johnny co-founded Blue Oyster Environmental to accelerate the growth of oyster aquaculture and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to BOE & HIOC, Johnny serves on Maryland’s Agriculture Commission and MD’s Oyster Advisory Commission.

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.