How will your project help promote the gastronomy of the Hauts-de-France region?
The Baie-de-Somme is the first cockle deposit in France. The Authie Bay is also very productive since professional fishermen from the Hauts-de-France region spend about 1/3 of their season there. These 333 professionals collect the cockles in the traditional way on the foreshore, with a rake and a venette (which allows to sort the cockles below the regulatory size). A heritage and know-how that is passed on from generation to generation and deserves to be valued.
Seafood products are also rich in nutritional benefits – like cockles, which are particularly rich in phosphorus, iron and zinc.
The development of brands is indeed aimed at enhancing the value of this exceptional resource and making it known to local consumers as a fresh, quality, tasty local product with high nutritional value.