An Innovative Aquaculture Movement in Dorchester County


The Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, co-owned by Johnny Shockley and Ricky Fitzhugh, spearheaded Dorchester County's innovative aquaculture movement using the latest technologies.

Shockley and Fitzhugh renovated an old wholesale fish market, bought equipment and began raising oysters on their newly-leased grounds. Both of them are developing a company that will provide the infrastructure to support a new approach of producing oysters on the Chesapeake, thus also boosting economic growth.

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