As a third-generation watermen from Hoopers Island, Johnny crabbed and oystered on the Chesapeake for 30 years. Intrigued by the opportunities surrounding aquaculture, he launched Hoopers Island Oyster Company with partner Ricky Fitzhugh to create a sustainable oyster population and provide a new way forward for Maryland’s Watermen. Johnny has since stepped away from daily operations of Hoopers Island to start Blue Oyster Environmental to accelerate the growth of oyster aquaculture and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Chief Executive Officer
Inspired by generations of watermen – and motivated to help restore the Chesapeake Bay in his career – Jordan spent summers at the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory. Working side by side with scientists, he learned to spawn and raise oysters while earning a biology degree from Salisbury University. Prior to starting BOE, Jordan held a variety of positions including Nursery Manager and Oyster Production Manager for Hoopers Island Oyster Company. As CEO, he oversees daily operations, including credit aggregation and grow out operations.
Over the past 20 years, Matt has developed an expertise in the nexus of policy, politics and communications. Advocating for a wide range of issues at the state and federal levels throughout his career. He has developed strong and trusting relationships with some of the leading state and federal elected officials, agency leaders and a wide variety of key stakeholders and decision makers in Washington D.C and beyond. In his role, Matt assists with the development of water quality markets and provides strategic guidance to ensure we are reaching our goals and providing our clients with exceptional service.