FISHING CREEK, Md.- Women from all over the world gathered Wednesday in Dorchester County to learn about the oyster industry.
Chesapeake Gold Oysters was host to 26 women who were part of a program called, "Plan USA." The goal of the program is to show women from countries in South America, Africa, Asia, and eastern Europe how certain industries function in America. The women will then take that knowledge back to their countries and implement it in order to provide more jobs for women and bolster the economy.
Johnny Shockley, one of the owners of Chesapeake Gold Oysters, said he was happy to host the women. He said these are skills these women can easily apply in their home countries.
"It's absolutely an international food and international fishery. Anywhere that oysters grow around the world, it's always been an economic engine in those regions." Shockley said.
One of the women present, Tini Zainduin of Malaysia, was shown how oysters were raised in the hatchery and how they were harvested on the bay. She said, "I think it's a wonderful to see a sustainable business model that is actually inspiring because it shows us things that can be duplicated."
Dorchester County was just one of the stops for the women, who have been traveling throughout the Maryland area for the past few weeks studying other business models.
Sue Richiedei, one or the directors for Plan USA said, "This looked like the perfect example of a couple of guys starting a business from scratch, saw the market, saw the opportunity and took advantage of it. So we wanted the women to come here and see firsthand how entrepreneurs get started."