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.