Gathering shellfish on foot in Bretagne Plein Sud

Pêche à pied en Bretagne Plein Sud - La Baule
The shoreline of the Guérande Peninsula offers many sites for gathering shellfish on foot both professionally or as a leisure activity.  On these sites you can gather mussels, oysters, clams, cockles, periwinkles, limpets…
In order to carry out this activity in total safety and to do our utmost for the conservation of this natural habitat, it is necessary to comply with the current rules/regulations and to take a few minor precautions.  

To avoid the over fishing of the resources available it is imperative that visitors adhere to certain rules of best fishing practice: 
Respect the minimum sizes of the shellfish, fish and crustaceans and the quotas/per person authorized.
  • Always put back in place a rock you’ve lifted up.
  • Always use tools/equipment appropriate to the task.
  • ​Never gather shellfish near the oyster beds.

2 useful items made by Cap Atlantique :

  • A leaflet ‘So that gathering shellfish on foot remains a pastime for us all, lets always respect the natural environment and the work carried out by the fishing professionals. Download the fishing guide here.
  • A helpful gadget called ‘Le Cali-pêche’, which enables you calibrate the shellfish you’ve gathered.  This item was developed by Cap Atlantique in partnership with the COREPEM (Comité Régional des Pêches Maritimes et des Élevages Marins des Pays de La Loire).
These items are available both in our local Tourist Offices and at the reception desk of Cap Atlantique.
Panneau - traict du Croisic

In addition to these items you will find information panels displayed around ‘les traicts’ at Le Croisic and Pen Bé.

Be aware of the quality of the shellfish

The quality of the shellfish breeding sites is also monitored closely so as to guarantee that the shellfish gathered here do not pose any health risks.  Please find below the official websites which enable you to check the quality status at the various sites:

The classification of the shellfish breeding areas

The state of stock levels in certain shellfish beds, especially those which are very popular for ‘peche à pied’, are also closely monitored; this is particularly the case for the clam beds of La Plage Benoit at La Baule and Le Pouliguen.  The gathering of shellfish can sometimes be temporarily suspended by court order in an effort to maintain the stock at a certain level.

'We SEE sea shells on the sea shore...'

The famous mussels - ‘Moules de bouchots’- farms, the oyster, cockle and clam beds all are spread out along the length of the coastline into 3 major production areas, from Pénestin to Le Croisic.

To find out more, click on the image below…

  • Pêche à pied en Bretagne Plein Sud