Fish houses surviving despite challenges

Fish houses

William ‘Buddy’ Davis, owner of Davis Seafood in Sneads Ferry, Thursday morning. Area fish houses expect to see business pick up in mid-April.

John Althouse/The Daily News
Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 02:26 PM.

SNEADS FERRY — As the cold weather kept a grip on the area this week, Sneads Ferry’s fish houses were quiet.

They worked on equipment, readied boats and otherwise prepared for the boats to start running and fishing to start. A long winter that seems to have continued into spring has had them waiting a bit longer than usual.

We should start seeing things getting started by mid-April,” said Timmy Millis, whose grandfather, Ben Millis, started B.F. Millis & Sons in 1946.

The weather, good and bad, has always played a part in the commercial fishing industry, but that’s expected.

But in a community where fishing and a love for the ocean are entwined in its history, the closing of one of its fish houses is a reminder of challenges that go beyond Mother Nature.

L.T. Everett & Sons ceased operations Dec. 31 after 67 years in business.

Jimmy “Gig” Everett, who operated the family business with his brother, Tommy, for 43 of those years, said it had become increasingly difficult to keep up with costs with a decline in the amount of seafood coming in. He cited a decrease in product due to state and federal regulations that affect many of the fish that they sold, such as sea bass, grouper, flounder and red drum.

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