Hoopers Island Announces Seed and Larvae Sales

The Hoopers Island Oyster Co. announced today that they now have available high quality oyster larvae and seed ranging from 1 mm – 24 mm for commercial aquaculture farms and oyster gardeners.

Offering a wide range of strains and sizes to meet the needs of various regions and grow out conditions, Hoopers uses state of the art technology and grow out gear to ensure our animals are healthy, fast growing and consistent.

Hoopers Island Oyster Co. produces a variety of strains using broodstock from the VIMS breeding program. Disease resistant strains include DBY, LOLA, HANA and Crossbreed. We strive to produce all strains on a consistent basis.

The company offers two products: Eyed larvae and cultchless seed. The eyed larvae has a range of setting rates averaging 15-20% with an average of 18-20%.

Cultchless oyster seed is available in a range of sizes from 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24 mm through November. All seed sizes are given for the size of the screen in which they retain on; actual shell size will be larger.

The Hoopers Island Oyster Co. larvae and seed program serves the aquaculture industry and produces natural triploids under contract with the College of William and Mary. All strains above are available as natural triploids. For more information on disease resistant strains visit VIMS or contact Hoopers Island.

For pricing and availability of larvae or seed please contact Jordan Shockley, Senior Manager Oyster Production at or (410)-397-3664.

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