REGULATIONS
 
Comply with size and quantity
The current regulation safeguards a coherent management which enable the different marine species' regeneration.
Shellfish picking is the most practised mode of fishing (71%).
According to BVA IFFREMER inquiry, the most fished shells and crustacean in France are the mussels, the oysters, the cockles and the clams, representing 12 to 15000 T-. The crabs, the spider crabs and the shrimps, reprsenting around 1500 T.
With the support of the Direction Interrégionale de la Mer, we are able to provide an updated summary of the periods of closed shell-fishery in the department of Loire Atlantique.


Regulating the exercise of leisure fishing on foot in the Pays de Loire 
for shellfish, echinoderms and marine worms.

 
ORDER N° 25-2017 of 2 june 2017

 

 Read :  


  Order 15 juanary 2018       Read : 
 
 
   
Maximal size and quantity authorised
in Loire Atlantique et Vendée

   Resources are precarious, our duty is to comply with the authorised sizes and quantities.
 
Shells   Crustaceans                        Fish                                   
Cupped oysters    5 cm       5 kg                     Sea bass                42 cm        
Shrimp                3 cm                                  
Horse mackerel       15 cm 
Clams                  3.5 cm    3 kg                   Conger                    60 cm          
Pink shrimp          5 cm                                 
Black seabreams      23 cm 
Cockles                2.7 cm    4 kg                  Pollock                    30 cm     
Lobster                8,7 cm                              
Saithe                     35 cm  
Sea scallops         4 cm       3 kg                    Meagre                   45 cm     
Spider crab         12 cm                                
Mackerel                 20 cm
Mussels               4 cm       5 kg                    Whiting                    27 cm     
Brown crab         13 cm                                 
Hake                       27 cm         
Praires                 4,3 cm    3 kg                    
Plaice                     27 cm         
Velvet crab          30 cm                                
Red mullet              15 cm
Vénus                  2,8 cm     3 kg                   Sole                       24 cm
                                                                  Turbot                    30 cm
                                                                                                                           

The FNPPSF's plates are available here. (lien FNPPSF)
 
Boat fishing
 
The decree n°2007-1317 (lien) of the 6th September 2007 relating to the practice of recreational fishery modifies the decree n°90-618 of the 11th July 1990.
Memorandum DPMA/SDPM/N2007-9613 (lien) of the 19th April 2007 relates to the recreational fishery.
The decree (lien) of the 19th March 2007 détermines the minimal weight and the minimal size of the catchs (fish and other marine animals) for the recreational fishery in the maritime waters which falls under the French sovereignty or the jurisdiction.
Rules CE N°850/98 of the 30th March 1998 and JO L125 of the 27th April 1998.

 
Excerpt of the decree n°90-618 of the 11th July 1990
Decree related to the pratice of recreational fishery
Consolided version of the 30th December 1999 – initial JO version
Article 1
 
Within the meaning of this decree, is authorised as recreational sea fishing fishery of which products are reserved to the private consumption of the fisher and his family and cannot be sold from door to door, displayed for sale, sold in any form, or bought knowingly.
It is praticed either with the use of ships (boats) or other crafts that are not equipped for fishing crews ; or by swimming or diving ; or by foot on public maritime domain or on rivers and cannals which are salt waters.

 
Article 2
 
The recreational sea fishing has to submit to the provisions of this decree, as well as to those of the regulations able to be applied on professional fishers concerning the minimal size of authorised catches, the features and the using conditions of fishing gears, the methods as well as the areas, periods, bans and fishing decrees.
The deputee on charge for sea fishing is able, with a decree, to set regulations relating to minimal size or weight of the species of fish and other marine lives catched, listed in the appendix of this decree. This regulations, specific to recreational fishery, shall not be more favorable than those applied to professional fishers.

 
Article 3
 
Onboard ships and crafts mentionned in the 1st article, it is forbidden to possess and to use other gears that those listed below :
- lines rigged with twelve hooks maximum ;
- two bottom lines supplied with thirty hooks each ;
- two traps ;
- one fork ;
- one net (a.k.a “salabre”).
Nevertheless, are authorised the possession and the use of :
- in the Mediterranean areas : a “grappette à dents”*.
- in the Northern seas, the Channel and the Atlantic : a trammel net of a maximal length of 50 meters (164 feet), a maximal height of 2 meters (6,5 feet) ; Apart from the areas of salt water of the estuaries and rivers mouths upstream of boundaries set by a decree of the deputee responsible for sea fisheries ;
- within the districts of Bretagne, Pays de la Loire and Aquitaine prefects, under the conditions determined in the 6th article of this decree : of a craft liftnet per ship and three scales per person onboard.

 
Article 5
 
In order to prevent the degradation of the halieutic resources when those seems to be threatened, and to guarantee safety, hygiene, public health and good order for fishing activities, the relevent administrative authorities may, by decree, take the following limiting measures :
1) Reduce the list or the number of gears of which possession is authorised on board of ships or crafts mentionned in the 1st article ;
2) Determine the list of gears or fishing methods that may be used for diving or shore fishery ;
3) Determine the features and the using conditions of authorised gears ;
4) Forbid permanently or temporarly fishery in specified areas or during specified periods ;
5) Forbid to fish specified species or limit the quantity that may be fished or carried ;
6) Determine protected areas around marine cultures establishments, artificial structures or fishaggregating devices.
 
 
Trammel nets : latest regulations within the Baie de Bourgneuf area
 
The latest fishing regulation within the Baie de Bourgneuf area was subject to prefectural decree34-2012 this past 16 May, and focus particularly on the use of nets. “Is only authorised on board a bottom-set gillnet or a trammel net displaying the following features :
– maximal length : 50 meters (164 feet)
– maximal height : 2 meters (6,5 feet)
– stretched mesh : 100 mm (3,9 inches)
Specific conditions are also determined for professional fishery using nets and trawling nets.
The original text may be check with this link.
 
VHF : using conditions
 
Using the VHF is not compulsory on board. However, it is highly recommended for being a safety element.
It enables :
– connection between boats and coast stations (CROSS, semaphores, harbour master's offices)
– connection between boats (channel 6,8,72,77)
– receipt of weather forecasts and AVURNAV (sailing urgent notice)
– sending safety or distress messages, straight access to emergency services (channel 16)
The mobile maritime unit's transmitters-receivers use the metric waves (VHF) and are important safety elements for recreational fishery and the organisation of sea rescue operations.
In order to make its use favorable to the boaters, new conditions of use of the VHF have been set up by the decree of the 22 February 2011.
 (La fiche plaisance → lien mort)
- For the use of a portable VHF of less than 6 watts without ASN : the obligation to be holding the limited certificate of radiotelephony (CRR) has been deleted. No specific qualification is required.
- For the use of a portable VHF ASN or a fixed VHF with or without ASN of more than 6 watts : theoritical and practical knowledge for the use of a VHF is now included in the training program as well as necessary for the pleasure craft licence examination.
Holding this licence enable the use of a VHF, fixed or portable, in national maritime or internal waters without the necessity of taking an additonal examination.
However, it is necessary to be holding the CRR in order to use the VHF in international waters.

 
 
Trammel nets : latest regulations within the Baie de Bourgneuf area
 
The latest fishing regulation within the Baie de Bourgneuf area was particularly on the use of nets. “Is only authorised on board a bottom-set gillnet or a trammel net displaying the following features :
– maximal length : 50 meters (164 feet)
– maximal height : 2 meters (6,5 feet)
– stretched mesh : 100 mm (3,9 inches)
Specific conditions are also determined for professional fishery using nets and trawling nets.
The original text may be check with this link.
 
VHF : using conditions
 
Using the VHF is not compulsory on board. However, it is highly recommended for being a safety element.
It enables :
– connection between boats and coast stations (CROSS, semaphores, harbour master's offices)
– connection between boats (channel 6,8,72,77)
– receipt of weather forecasts and AVURNAV (sailing urgent notice)
– sending safety or distress messages, straight access to emergency services (channel 16)
The mobile maritime unit's transmitters-receivers use the metric waves (VHF) and are important safety elements for recreational fishery and the organisation of sea rescue operations.
In order to make its use favorable to the boaters, new conditions of use of the VHF have been set up by the decree of the 22 February 2011.
 (La fiche plaisance → lien mort)
- For the use of a portable VHF of less than 6 watts without ASN : the obligation to be holding the limited certificate of radiotelephony (CRR) has been deleted. No specific qualification is required.
- For the use of a portable VHF ASN or a fixed VHF with or without ASN of more than 6 watts : theoritical and practical knowledge for the use of a VHF is now included in the training program as well as necessary for the pleasure craft licence examination.
Holding this licence enable the use of a VHF, fixed or portable, in national maritime or internal waters without the necessity of taking an additonal examination.
However, it is necessary to be holding the CRR in order to use the VHF in international waters.