Photographer's Note

January 27, 2009
Bouzigues 340039 34140
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.449 3.659 5 m

Pond of Thau. (5 images). Click to enlarge.

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Other sight. January 29, 2009

The pond of Thau is a littoral lagoon that a sand cord, connecting Sète to Cape-d'Agde, separates from the Mediterranean, with which it communicates, by the graus of "Pisse-Saume" and of "la Quinzaine" at Marseillan-Plage, and channels of Sète. The pond of Thau ensures the junction between the "canal du Rhone à Sète", and the "canal du Midi", connecting them in fact to the sea.

Its 7500 hectares extend over the maximum length from 19 km, for a minimal width of 1300 m. It is the largest and deepest of the Languedocien ponds. Of an average depth of 4,5 m, 1/3 of the funds exceed 5,50 m. On place of the underwater resurgence of Vise, near Balaruc-les-Bains, it reaches 30 m.

The pond receives sea water thus, but also great quantities of fresh water by sources and brooks, medium favorable to the production of phytoplankton.
Since 1875, the shellfish farming developed, mytiliculture and ostreiculture, 2.000 people employed by 600 establishments produce 12.000 tons of oysters and moulds per annum. The production is ensured according to a technique technique known as suspension, with supports called tables. One finds thus from 2500 to 3000 mesh wires, which support via cords, the seed oysters of moulds or oysters.

The pond borders the Saint-Clearly Mount around whose and on which the town of Sète is built.

Bouzigues is a french commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 1208 Bouzigauds in 1999, distributed out of 7 km², that is to say 183 hab./km².

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