France | Brittany


Fishing is a vital part of Brittany’s history and economy. Among the various types of fishing practiced, la pêche côtière (inshore fishing) uses small boats to catch sardines, hake and sole; la pêche aux crustacés (crab and lobster fishing) uses traditional traps known as paner; while la pêche à pied (seashore fishing) consists of walking along the shoreline with a net and griffe (a type of rake) to dislodge and harvest shellfish and crustaceans.

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Aboard a trawler. Raising the nets. In the background, rowboat manoeuvring to pull the end of the net; at the right, fish chopper used for preparing bait.
France, Brittany, Finistère, Douarnenez
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Credit: Frédéric Back
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