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November 6th, 2009
Sete 340301 34200
H廨ault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.400 3.683 74 m

The birds, S鋈e

The meal of the seagulls.

One sight.
Other sight.

In the "Vieux Bassin", old basin of the S鋈e fishing port, protected by the Saint-Louis mole builds in 1666.

In 1666 Pierre-Paul Riquet, who built the Canal du Midi connecting the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean, following the will of king de France Louis XIV, creates the port of Cette.
The city was founded in 1673, after the beginning of the construction of the port.
The construction of the m犨e Saint-Louis, 750 meters length, begins on July 29th, 1666.

It is the 1st fishing port of the French Mediterranean. Fishing of s鋈e is made of artisanal flotillas, made up by family armaments. Fishing is day laborer (left the boats 3 hours, return towards 16-18 hours), during 220-230 days of fishing per annum, for an average tonnage from 8,000 to 10,000 tons (2/3 blue fishes, 1/3 white fish).
The fleet s彋oise inclued:
- 34 general-purpose trawlers from 18 to 25 meters.
- 17 tuna purse seiner from 25 to 45 meters.
- about thirty small boats practitioner traditional fishing.
_ the production of oysters and moulds is mainly concentrated on banks of the pond of Thau.

One practices on S鋈e two types of trawling.

The basic trawl:
Trawling known as demersal which relates to white fish (plate, mullet, angler, sea-bream). After 1 to 2 hours of road, one arrives on fishing zone, one puts the trawl at water and one it leaflet with the back of the trawler during 3 hours at a speed of approximately 4 nodes. From 3 to 4 features are realized per day, for captures from 500 to 600 kg.

The pelagic trawl:
The trawling pelagic with 4 panels is more often a selective fishing carried out between 2 water close to the bottom for the capture of sardine and anchovy but also in an additional way some hakes and mackerels. The features are shorter, approximately 40 minutes per hour. On the whole, 4 to 6 operations of fishing are carried out per day. The captures vary between 3 and 6 tons per boat.

Sete is a French commune of the department of Herault and Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 43 400 S彋ois and S彋oises distributed on 24 km, is 1792 hab/km.

It is the town of artists like Paul Val廨y, Georges Brassens, Manitas de Plata, Jean Vilar, the brothers Di Rosa.

Georges Charles Brassens, french poet song writer and performer, was born in S鋈e on October 22nd, 1921, and died in Saint-G幨y-of-Fesc, Herault, on October 29th, 1981.
"SUPPLIQUE POUR 邛RE ENTERR LA PLAGE DE STE". Petition to be buried on beach of Sete. Georges Brassens.

Mes images of S鋈e.

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