Oyster Aquaculture – Johnny Schockley

Third generation waterman Johnny Schockley discusses his life and the culture of being a waterman on Hooper’s Island. He voices his concerns about the health of the Bay, and preserving the watermen heritage for the future. Schockley also describes his new aquaculture business and its role as a potential solution to the current water quality issues.

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LetsBeShore is a project of the Maryland Humanities Council's Practicing Democracy program, bringing together multiple perspectives for passionate and respectful dialogue about land use and agriculture and their effect on water quality along Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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5 Responses to Oyster Aquaculture – Johnny Schockley

  1. Pingback: Let’s Be Shore Video Portrait – Johnny Shockley « A Chesapeake Journal

  2. Sharing Station Participant says:

    About the oysterman, I agree the industry is dying and needs help. Oysters and Menhaden are vital to the fishing industry and they are at critically low levels.

  3. Sharing Station Participant says:

    I can really connect with the man in the last video, Johnny Schockley because I grew up in a town where there was a rich heritage and culture and my dad was a waterman and when a population of an animal you depend on for a living declines, its very tough to get by. I don’t want to see the heritage of the Eastern Shore disappear.

  4. Sharing Station Participant says:

    The aquaculture oyster man hopes to continue his legacy in a sustainable way.

  5. Pingback: Maryland Humanities Council » Blog Archive » “State of the Oyster” Community Conversations on the Shore

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