Johnny Shockley gave a tour of the facility, and a quick description of how oysters are farmed and processed in aquaculture. Mr. Shockley also showed off some of the specialized equipment HIOC has developed for the oyster farming market, and pointed out that the majority of HIOC’s equipment sales are to far-flung destinations, like California, the Gulf Coast, and Australia.
“It’s great to see this business helping to revive the Maryland oyster industry,” said Van Hollen. “Obviously we have nationally known oysters here in Dorchester County, but there’s also a big business in aquaculture. This company is the hotbed of innovation. In addition to growing their own oysters, Johnny and Ricky are also building their own innovative equipment and shipping it throughout the country, and the world.”