The 19 fishing boats at Capbreton fishing port all use traditional fishing methods, mainly nets but also trolling, long line and potting (with potting boats).
The port currently has two trawlers: Le roi Carotte and Le Grand Celte.
A boat can also work with different fishing equipment throughout the year according to the season and the type of fish. The boat is classed as “multi-purpose “: it can be a longliner and a gillnetter, a purse seiner and a tuna line vessel, and longliner and a potting boat…
Characteristics of the Capbreton fleet :
The boats are between 7.8 metres long (for the smallest, le Koke) and just under 15 metres (for the largest, le Crésus).
The average age of the boats is 32 years (between 4 years for the most recent ones such as the gillnetter Le Dré and 43 years for the oldest boat, le Joker.)
The crew varies from one single fisherman on the smallest boats, to 4 or 5 for the trawlers, the purse seiners and some gillnetters.
The fishing zones used are close to the Basque and South Landes coast, stretching as far north as the Arcachon basin.
The boats can go out either for just a few hours during the day (or night) for the longliners or the coastal gillnetters to 3 or 4 days for the trawlers and some gillnetters (during the winter season).
The fleet is part of the Bayonne maritime registration area, which has around 150 registered boats, recognisable by their registration number beginning in BA…
- A boat which uses a trawl net is a trawler.
- A boat using a gillnet is a gillnetter.
- A boat using a line or a series of baited lines is a longliner.
- A boat fishing for tuna with a pole and line is tuna line vessel.
- A boat using a purse seine is a seiner.
- A boat using traps or pots is a potting boat.
- Some boats can also have several functions depending on the types of fish targeted and the season: these are called multi-purpose boats.