Scallops

Erquy is one of the principal scallop-fishing ports in the Côtes d'Armor. Fishing for this veritable "Treasure of the Bay" is highly regulated (from October to April) to ensure its long-term survival.

There is a wide choice of recipes for enjoying this delicious shellfish at its best.

Scallop fishing takes place between October and April. It is highly regulated to protect stocks: 2 days' fishing a week for 45 minutes a day. It stops prior to the development of the coral (reproductive organ): it is the delicate flavour of the white part you will enjoy with an "Erquy scallop".

The 60 boats line up at the quay to land their catches; each one lands an average of 600 kg from each session.

The auction generally takes place 4 hours after fishing, simultaneously in the 4 ports on the Côtes d'Armor. It is completed in record time as it is fully computerised.

Scallop fishing is a major economic asset for the area; it provides a living for two hundred families around Saint Brieuc Bay.