Industry Innovators

Hoopers Island Oyster Company, known internationally as a “seed to shuck” trendsetter, is on the forefront of oyster harvesting and equipment sales
If you can’t beat Hoopers Island Oyster Company in growing the healthiest, most flavorful oysters on the Eastern Shore, co-founder and managing partner Ricky Fitzhugh welcomes you to join them. Whether the nearly decade-old Cambridge business stands alone or faces competition in the oyster industry,

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Lessons Learned

THE TIDES HAVE TURNED Bennett Mumford has navigated his way to becoming a major player in the competitive regional oyster industry.
When College Life Wasn’t For Him, Bennett Mumford Turned To The Waters For An Education — And Found A Calling In Running His Own Ship 
A briny oyster, perhaps dappled with hot sauce or a horseradish-cocktail saucy combination,

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On The Job Training

Photo by Gary Reich
Photographer Jay Fleming Continues His Documentation Of The Chesapeake, While Sharing His Passion With Others
Chances are, you know of Jay Fleming or his work. If somehow neither was true prior to reading this issue, you clearly do now. His contribution to Coastal Style’s “Oyster Issue” was significant — and is his documentation of the Chesapeake Bay,

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One With The Water


ARCHER OYSTER COMPANY’S JESS BAUNHOFER
IS ON THE GROUNDS ALONE — FOR NOW
It’s mornings like these, when the sun first rises to awaken the waters of Chincoteague Bay, that Jess Baunhofer feels most emotionally and spiritually connected to his profession.
“Getting here and watching the sunrise, it’s hard not to think it’s a little wink from God every morning,” said Baunhofer,

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State Of The Union

WATCHFUL EYE Chris Judy, shellfish director for Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources in Annapolis, patrols the grounds of the state’s oyster sanctuary on the Severn River.
Maryland’s Department Of Natural Resources
Says Its Sanctuary Program Is Benefiting Watermen
Chris Judy shared a couple of intriguing ideas that could help commercial watermen across the Eastern Shore with oyster harvests.

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