Fishing is one of the key activities in the Guérande penisula..La Turballe and Le Croisic are amongst the leaders in this field.
The port of Le Croisic, dates back to the XVIIth century is today the main port for the fishing of the prawns known as ‘le bouquet du Croisic’. The geographical shape of the port was fashioned by the salt trade. Indeed the boats loaded with balast would unload their cargo of stone before reloading with the precious cargo of salt known as ‘white gold’. This is how ‘Le Mont Lénigo’ and ‘Le Mont Esprit’ and the different basins of the port came to be. The town of Le Croisic is edged by the ‘trait’ the point of entry for the trawlers and other shellfish fishing vessels.
Today there are some 48 pelagic trawlers which are based in the Port of La Turballe which makes of it 11th biggest fishing port of France in turnover value and in the 8th position in terms of tonnage caught.
The fishermen of La Turballe specialise in the fishing of anchovies with a catch which can reach up 2 000 tonnes. The sea-bass, tuna and hake are also included in the species fished.
Not to be missed for early risers amongst you is the spectacle of the trawlers coming back from a fishing trip at dawn and the auction in the fish market. At the ‘centre marée’ of the port of La Turballe view at close quarters the many different species of fish caught and the electronic auction system used to sell them.