Sneads Ferry fish house closed after nearly 70 years in operation

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 02:24 PM.

Shrimp, oysters, all types of fish and even the occasional octopus was processed at the fish house and sold to restaurant, markets or customers stopping by for fresh seafood to cook at home.

All we did was fresh local seafood. If it wasn’t local we didn’t buy it,” Everett said.

But there has to be enough seafood coming in to pay the bills.

The quality of the local seafood is there, he said, but fishermen can’t bring in the volume they once did. For that, Everett said, state and federal regulations are to blame.

Fish stocks such as sea bass, flounder, speckled trout, grouper and red drum — all fish they bought — are affected by regulations that call for limited seasons, size limits and pounds available for harvest.

If we don’t get it, we can’t sell it,” he said.

Everett said the business began declining about four years ago and never bounced back.

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