Pêche à pied a Agon-Coutainville
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Fishing on foot

Tools and quotas

Fishing on foot : Tools and quotas, all the info !

Fishing on foot is certainly a free leisure activity, but it is subject to very precise rules, particularly in terms of quotas according to species, but also concerning the authorised tools. Find out what you need to know before you go fishing and make the most of exploring the great outdoors !

Fishing gear and quotas : regulations to know

Depending on the species you wish to fish, some tools are allowed and others are totally forbidden. For example, when fishing for cockles, you are allowed to fish with a knife, a claw, a shovel, a rake and a pike, whereas venus clam fishing can only be done with a knife, a claw, a shovel and a pike but not with a rake. Each species is subject to its own regulations, which are detailed in the table opposite. You can download it by clicking on the button below.

Each tool (presented in the brochure below, which can also be downloaded) is also regulated. For example, authorised rakes must have a maximum width of 20 cm, maximum tines of 7 cm and a minimum space between tines of 2 cm. All this is of course standardised in order to reduce the damage done to the foreshore for the preservation and survival of species and for their renewal.

Responsible fishing allows species to develop serenely, to not overly attack their environment and thus to participate in maintaining species in good conditions in their natural habitat.

Did you know ? Respectful fishing: the right gestures !

Always make sure that you put parts of the foreshore such as stones and rocks back the way they were before you moved them. Why ?

When you turn over a stone, you expose the fauna and flora that are usually hidden underneath. If you don’t put it back, 70% of that biodiversity will be lost. It will then take several years (between 3 and 4) for this small ecosystem to regain its original biodiversity, i.e. before you turned over the stone !

So be careful and respectful of the environment.

Important information

  • Consult the fishing quotas on the APP2R brochure
  • Check if your fishing tool is authorised for what you want to fish
  • Consult the fishing by-laws on the APP2R website
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave
  • Check the tide times
  • Keep your phone with you while fishing
  • Don’t venture into unknown places alone
  • Put parts of the foreshore back the way you found them