© Copyright 2001 Invicta
Media. Last updated 17th August 2001
Most of Etaples' boats today work out
of Boulogne, which has a big fish market and fish processing
Discover the world of today's
A new interactive exhibition in the still active fishing
port of Etaples gives you a unique feel for what it's like
to go to sea in a 24-foot trawler.
Experience the frightening atmosphere of
being part of the crew on-board a trawler in a gale-force
wind - not only seeing as if on the bridge how they handle
the heaving ship, but also how they cope with the big nets
and bringing in the fresh fish so the market has its
supplies the following morning.
Get to know the fish!
You find out about - and can even touch! - the fish that
live in the Channel. There's a large aquarium with what
you'd see on a "dive" down to a shipwreck on the seabed, and
a tactile pool.
Experience the frightening
atmosphere of a trawler in a force 10 gale, as well as
navigation simulators and "fishy
The exhibitions also include the management of the marine
environment - important now that fish are a dwindling
resource, hit by pollution as well as modern intensive
fishing - and the lives of people in the fishing communities
MAREIS: housed in an old fish-net factory. Making nets was a
job for the wives.
MARKETING: wives also sold the catch on the quayside. AD:
fresh fish, sold by rail all over France. Even in france,
frozen fish and ready-made fish meals are now more
DISPLAY: tides in the estuary at Etaples. INSIDE THE FISH:
the bits you eat.
TOUCH-POOL: get up close to shell-fish, AQUARIUM: fish of
the Channel swim around a "wreck".
Huge trawler net hoovers fish out of the sea...
Dwindling fish stocks
Find out just how savage life underwater life really is - of
every million cod eggs hatched, only a few dozen make it to
adulthood. In the sea, everything is out to eat you! Did you
know, cod can live up to 40 years?
See how modern electronics make it too easy to find and
catch the shoals of fish: fewer adults mean fewer young fish
hatched, and stocks die out. Fishermen need their
electronics to find the scarce shoals left in an
increasingly empty ocean - while pollution makes coastal
waters unhealthy for man and fish.....
to eat in Etaples
- we recommend:
seafood restaurant run by local fishermen's
in a review..
Reviewer - It could be
Location: MAREIS Centre de la Pêche
Artisinale, La Corderie, Boulevard Bigot-Descelers, 62630
exit 26 from the A16 autoroute Boulogne-Amiens. Head for
Etaples, by the river.
Tel: 00 33 3 21 09 04 00 - Fax: 00 33 3 21 09 00 61