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With an annual catch of 50,000 tonnes of fish, cephalopods, crustaceans and shellfish, Normandy is the third ranking French region for marine resource production in terms of unloaded tonnage
506 boats ; 2,000 fishermen ; 4 fish markets: Port-en-Bessin, Grandcamp-Maisy, Cherbourg and Granville

With an annual catch of 50,000 tonnes of fish, cephalopods, crustaceans and shellfish, Normandy is the third ranking French region for marine resource production in terms of unloaded tonnage, following Brittany and Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Normandy's particularity lies in the great diversity of seafood it offers. Among the region's unloaded tonnage, shellfish predominates (60%), followed by cephalopods, fish and crustaceans. Granville remains France's leading shellfish port, whelks and clams being the reference at the Granville fish market.
Along the 470km shoreline which borders the départements of Calvados and Manche, 2,000 fishermen board a total of over 500 fishing boats day and night.
This fleet occupies twenty fishing ports and unloading points, dotted along the coast. Four of them boast their own fish market and constitute the region's leading production hubs: Granville, Cherbourg, Grandcamp-Maisy and Port en Bessin.
Port-en-Bessin: 6,315 tonnes unloaded in 2009
Grandcamp-Maisy: 1,736 tonnes unloaded in 2009
Cherbourg: 9,815 tonnes unloaded in 2009
Granville: 9,325 tonnes unloaded in 2009
Other, more modestly sized ports welcome an array of coastal fishing vessels: Carteret, Barfleur, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Isigny-sur-Mer, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Ouistreham, Trouville-sur-Mer ...

A small-scale fishing fleet:
Normandy's fishing fleet comprises over 500 boats (precisely 506), offering a fine balance in terms of size and fishing trades:
- The majority of Normandy's boats are used for inshore fishing (390). They board from 1 to 3 fishermen for short fishing trips: less than 24 hours. Inshore fishing techniques vary from season to season and depending on the abundance of species, from pots (crustaceans, cuttlefish and whelks) to nets (floating gillnet, entangling net or trammel) or lines (rope, troll for sea bass). Their small size (26 to 40 ft) means they are often grounded at port during poor weather conditions.
- Coastal fishing involves around a hundred larger boats (40 to 52 ft). These vessels are essentially used for dredge scallop fishing from October to May, after which they collect various fish species with a trawl net during the rest of the season. They can board up to 6 fishermen for trips of up to 4 days (2 days for scallop fishing).
- Deep sea fishing boats leave their port of call for trips ranging from 4 to 8 days in the high seas. This type of fishing is exclusively reserved for large vessels (52 to 82 ft), capable of withstanding the Channel's typical blustery winds and strong currents. Berthed essentially in the ports of Cherbourg and Port-en-Bessin, they are almost all trawlers with crews of 6 to 8 fishermen. Twenty or so of these vessels fish along the Normandy coastline.
They all conduct what can be referred to as small-scale fishing activities, since no transformation of their catch is performed on board.
Fishing boat breakdown by size:
Honfleur Courseulles : 94; Port-en-Bessin: 38; Grandcamp-Maisy: 45; East Cotentin: 94; North Cotentin: 65; West Cotentin, west coast: 108; West Cotentin, port of Granville: 62

  • Bateau de pêche au quai
  • Port de pêche de Barfleur
  • Panorama de Port-en-Bessin
  • Halle à marée Granville
  • Retour de pêche