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Island at Saint-Clément-des-Baleines

  • Discover the Saint-Clément-des-Baleines fish lock!

    A unique historical heritage, this ancestral fishing technique aims to trap fish in a horseshoe-shaped dry stone construction. These "meadows of the sea", surrounded by a curvilinear wall of dry stones, are flooded at high tide and trap the fish at tidal tide, the fish are locked up there when the sea retreats and the fishermen have only " To catch them. Of the 140 locks existing at the end of the 19th century on the shores of the island of Ré, only 14 remain to this day. The first locks to fish or fisheries on the Island of Ré go back to a millennium. They were, in fact, indispensable to the nourishment of the populace. The last lock that remains at St Clement des Baleines "La Moufette" or "Moufflet", is located between the coast and the Lighthouse of the Baleineaux. It took many hours of volunteer rehabilitation after the 1999 storm.