The Broddus and Margaret Ann Jones Oyster Culture Facility Overview (Horn Point Oyster Hatchery)

As one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery produces a variety of oyster larvae for use in oyster research, oyster restoration, and educational projects.

Our facility is named in honor of Broddus and Margaret Ann Jones and was made possible in large part by generous donations from David “Skip” Jones and Cynthia Jones, their sons, and Virginia and from Karl Chen and sons in November of 2003.

Over the past decade, spawning oysters at the Horn Point Lab Oyster Hatchery have resulted in the deployment of over one billion oyster spat to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in the hopes of slowing the Chesapeake Bay oyster decline and restoring the health of the Bay.

Millions of Spat Produced

Billions of Eyed Larvae Produced

Learn more about our oyster restoration goals.


Our Facilities

The Horn Point Oyster Hatchery is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to oyster production, research, and education. The centerpieces of our facility include our Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Lab (AREL) and our Setting Pier. We moved into AREL in 2004 and began using it for production in 2005, replacing our old hatchery which had been in operation since 1974. The new Setting Pier was dedicated in 2010 and first used for production in 2011. Both facilities have allowed us to greatly increase our oyster production and restoration efforts.