On the occasion of its now traditional annual heritage festival, the City of Meze has organized a historical re-enactment of fishing at the "Bouletchou", a kind of fishing that has other names elsewhere but for which the principal stays the same on all our sandy coasts.
Leaving one end of a rope on the beach, the fishermen row out to sea far from the beach to stretch out a net, and then they return with the second end of the rope. On shore, they combine their efforts to pull the net to ground. The pocket at the end of the net works as a trap.
On the coast of Gruissan (Aude), some fisheries that lagged behind were using the force of more than 80 people with this method.
Today, this mode of fishing has disappeared but it did survive until the 1970s. It isn't practiced anymore, other than on rare occasion for reenactments or isolated activities.
The whole Meze population still remembers the hard labour of these fishing families who for three months went to sleep on the neighbouring beaches to wait there for the fish.
The people who rose to the challenge at the festival were able enjoy an "enormous" Brasucade of 250 kg of mussels afterwards.
Le public ayant répondu présent a pu par la suite déguster une « énorme » brasucade (250 kg de moules).
The Brasucade or Marinade
Jean-Marc Roger/Janet Lee Clark