Photographer's Note

October 9, 2009
Sete 340301 34200
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.400 3.683 74 m

800th, and 1236 complementary images, 2036 images which I tried to make well.

The Old Harbour, Sète. Click to enlarge. (6 images).

One sight.
Other sight.

In the Old Basin of the fishing port of Sète, the activity of the fishermen, the flights and cries of the seagulls, constitute a captivating spectacle and unceasingly renewed.

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 môle Saint-Louis, 750 meters length, begins on July 29th, 1666.

It is the 1st fishing port of the French Mediterranean. Fishing of sète 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 sétoise 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 Sète two types of trawling.

The demersal trawl:
Trawling 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 Sétois and Sétoises distributed on 24 km², is 1792 hab/km².

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

Georges Charles Brassens, french poet song writer and performer, was born in Sète on October 22nd, 1921, and died in Saint-Gély-of-Fesc, Herault, on October 29th, 1981.
"SUPPLIQUE POUR ÊTRE ENTERRÉ À LA PLAGE DE SÈTE". Petition to be buried on beach of Sete. Georges Brassens.

Mes images of Sète.

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