Oyster farming, the watermen’s way. Oyster aquaculture equipment designed, fabricated and tested by watermen.
After spending decades on the Chesapeake Bay as commercial watermen, we know a little something about using high quality equipment that holds up to varying tidal and weather conditions. We’ve built boats. Set floating lines. Operated and repaired dredging systems. And designed cages, pots and live boxes. So when it came time to develop the infrastructure for our own aquaculture operation, we quickly realized that we had a lot to contribute to others in our business.
That’s why Hoopers Island is now a leading manufacturer of oyster aquaculture equipment. Working hard and smart, we’ve pioneered equipment and processes thats help shellfish growers take their farm to the next level. All of the equipment that we design and use on our own oyster farms, we also manufacture and sell to other growers. In addition, we are a top U.S. distributor for Australia’s Hexcyl Longline Systems, also in use at our farms.
We’ll visit and consult with you, duplicate similar marine conditions and test and determine the best equipment choice for your operation. Our grow-out gear and systems are proven in the Pacific coastal waters of Japan and Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic seaboard from Georgia to the maritime provinces of Canada.
Oyster farming, the watermen’s way. Equipment designed, fabricated and tested by watermen.