Coquille Saint-Jacques
Jacqueline Piriou
Queen of the Bay

The scallop

The Saint-Brieuc bay scallop is a rare and wild seashell that lives 30 metres deep in the waters between Cape Fréhel and the Bréhat archipelago

The Saint-Brieuc bay is quite exceptionnal: It is the 5th bay in the world in terms of tide ranges and the 2nd scallop deposit in France. It is labelled a nature reserve since 1998.

Coquilles Saint-Jacques
Emmanuelle Rodrigue

White gold

The scallop, the bay's iconic produce

Fished since the middle age, the scallop (pecten maximus) quickly becomes the symbol of the Way of Saint-James’s pilgrims. It is now our local chefs’ favourite!
It is collected from October to March with the advantage of having no developed roe.

Restaurants cooking scallops

Aurélie Tiercin

Sustainable fishing

A protected resource

People started fishing the Saint-Brieuc bay scallop quite intensively in the 60s. The deposit declined rapidly and 20 years later measures were taken to preserve the seashell population. Nowadays, more than 200 licensed trawlers fish outside the scallop mating season (from October to March), two days a week for 45 minutes.

Coquilles Saint-Jacques
Emmanuelle Rodrigue

Submersion

Scuba diving for scallops

Embark with licensed Saint-Brieuc scallop fishermen for a unique bay experience!

Embark with fishermen

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More information

Visit Saint-Quay-Portrieux's fish market

Discover how the harbour works. Learn about the different types of boats and fishing techniques.

 

Book a visit
Saint-Quay-Portrieux tourist information centre
Contact: 02 96 70 40 64

Aurélie Tiercin

Purchase some scallops

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the tides
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01:26
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07:09 coef. 75
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13:46
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07:43 coef. 80
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20:04 coef. 82
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02:34
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08:16 coef. 83
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14:51
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20:35 coef. 84
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03:05
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08:47 coef. 84
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15:21
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21:04 coef. 84
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03:36
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09:17 coef. 82
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15:50
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Emmanuel Berthier