The photos published on this page were taken during an outing on the beach at Saint-Martin-de-Bréhal in November 2021. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Saint-Martin-de-Bréhal and Bricqueville-sur-Mer from June to September.
A site adulated for
fishing on foot
The beachesofSaint-Martin de Bréhal and Bricqueville-sur-Mer have a wide foreshore and abundant clam resources which attract large numbers ofanglers, up to 3,000 in a single day at high tide.
The main technique used to extract burrowing shellfish, includingclams, is the use of scraping tools. The problem is that they are often used blindly, which contributes to damaging theforeshore. Maxime and the volunteers explain a technique that ismore respectful of the site: finger and eye fishing.
Mark fishing, or finger andeye fishing, involves spotting the marks left by clams when the foreshore is uncovered.
You’re all gathered around Maxime, or one of the volunteers, who shows you the technique, eager to put this new skill into practice. You have to spot a small crater in the sand, then slide your finger in to feel for a clam.
Obviously, getting it right the first time would be too good! At first, you come up empty, or think you’ve found a clam and end up with an empty shell! A good-natured atmosphere sets in, with a little competitive spirit.
Clams are yours!
Then the first cries of victory arrive! Of course, you check that the size is right, and maybe even come across another edible shell or other little treasure.
You continue picking, or ask Maxime more general questions about the foreshore’s biodiversity. But the clock is ticking and the tide will soon be coming in!
Once you’ve filled your bucket according to the authorized quota, you head back to the Cahute, after taking one last look at this tasty goldmine, which you realize needs to be preserved so you can continue to enjoy it in the future… Maybe this will even inspire you to become a volunteer yourself and educate other budding fishermen?