Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company has been created to produce and market high quality half-shell oysters and the equipment needed to support the aquaculture industry in the State of Maryland. Through thorough research, we have successfully built equipment and designed a system that will easily transition the traditional methods of the Maryland waterman into a cutting edge industry. The development of a new oyster industry that parallels the existing public fishery will re-establish a healthy balance within the oyster fishery and the entire Maryland seafood industry. This new balance will establish Maryland oysters as a sustainable product.
That is very important to today’s consumer. We, as a society, have played a role in the deterioration of the Chesapeake Bay and we must all work to improve its overall quality. Through the development of oyster aquaculture, the Maryland waterman will be seen as contributors to the ecological recovery of the Bay. As an industry, we must be progressive and start recognizing today’s societal demands and find ways to leverage them in positive ways. These new approaches will be the first of many steps forward in the revitalization of the Chesapeake Bay and the Maryland seafood industry.