Clam, Donax trunculus
VOLUME OF LANDINGS : 78.1 tons in 2014
FISHING FLEET : 115 licensed shore fishers in Occitanie and 77 in PACA in 2015
LANDINGS PORTS : Port-Vendres (PV), Sète (ST), Martigues (MT)
Clam collection is a coastal fishing activity using small, light dredges that are towed by hand while walking backwards. The dredge consists of a metal frame fitted with teeth to scrape soft substrates, a grate for sediment movement and a holding bag to retain the clams. One trip takes approximately four hours.
The fishery operates in the Gulf of Lions, along the sandy coasts of Languedoc-Roussillon and PACA.
Clam fishing is conducted year-round, except for some closed periods.
Results of the MSC pre-assessment, conducted using the precautionary principle (bar filled = benchmark achieved). Only some of the data is presented here. For a full listing of the results, please visit the Medfish website.
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