The hidden species of the sandy foreshore

The beaches seem lifeless, yet many shells, many lives colonize the sand. The depth of burial for each species varies from one to thirty centimeters, to each its zone, its floor. These species are not so easy to catch, the eye must be trained finely over time to detect the characteristic signs of presence of each burrower. For example, you will be able to see the jet of water that can be provoked by tapping on the sand or the "two holes" of varying size that correspond to the siphons of the razor clams. An informed fisherman is worth two and allows to maintain a sustainable fishery by not stirring up the sand unnecessarily (deterioration of the environment) and by keeping only the specimens of reasonable size and number.

Two distinct fishing zones coexist on our territory: Villerville and from Deauville to Villers-sur-Mer, each zone has its own species. Fishing for shellfish is forbidden all year round in Villerville, but you can still fish for the famous grey shrimp.


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Tide times

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The Pôle Nautique Villers-Blonville makes children aware of the environment during a fishing trip. Accompanied by an instructor, the little sailors learn the right gestures, discover a specific fauna and flora and go in search of grey shrimps and other hidden species. At the end of the day, what a pleasure to savor delicious shellfish and grilled fish harvested the same day.

Before you start!

Check the quality of the water of the fishing place, the regulations relating to the practice of fishing on foot (minimum size, quantity, periods, authorized tools and the permanent or temporary prohibitions): Pêche à Pied Calvados. The dangers of the fishing spot: with local fishermen, our tourist information offices, associations. Tide times and tidal coefficients, weather forecasts as it is preferable not to fish in stormy or foggy weather. It is necessary to bring a compass and/or your cell phone (protected!). Bring a measuring tool to check the size of your catch. Take only the quantities necessary for your consumption.


Contact us :
+33 (0)2 31 14 40 00

Our tourist information offices :

Residence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du General Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Touques
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Promenade Louis Delamare
(behind the first aid station)
14800 Tourgéville
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