Shellfish picking

  • shellfish picking


A simple family activity and a real must when you are staying by the sea, shellfish picking is suited to all ages. You just need to move across the beach at low tide to find some of these treasures of the sea, shellfish, in the sand or on the wet rocks. It’s great to return home with your miraculous catch for a seafood feast! Please note that shellfish picking is subject to regulations, and the minimum shellfish size and the tide coefficients must be respected.

Did you know?
What sort of shellfish can you find and what are the minimum sizes ?
  • In the sand: clams (3.5 cm), cockles (2.7 cm), razor clams (10 cm), oysters (European: 6 cm, Pacific: 5 cm)
  • In the rocks and under the kelp: limpets, winkles, mussels (4 cm), velvet crabs (6.5 cm)
  • In the pools: shrimps (pink: 5 cm, grey: 3 cm)
Fishing Kit
A pair of Wellington boots 
A hat 
> A watch 
A tide indicator 
A net 
> A small spade 
> A small rake
A bucket 
A 'calipêche' to measure the size of the shellfish (at the Tourist Office) 

Before each trip, find out about the state of the tide and current regulations (authorization or prohibition, seashells and sizes that can be sinned) :
- the tide
- regulation 
  • Water-based Activities :
    • Line Fishing
Shellfish picking