Du Calen à la Poutargue

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Place : Parking des 1000 places (La Halle / Calen)
  • Visite du Calen de Martigues
  • Visite du Calen de Martigues
Visite du Calen de MartiguesVisite du Calen de Martigues


The Calen designates a fishing net from the French Mediterranean, a traditional martégale fishing, as well as the fisherman's hut.
It is especially the poutarga mullets (females of the mullet or mullet) which are captured for the manufacture of bottarga.
Le Calen in a nutshell
• The fishermen fish in Calen out of passion. It is also a valued martégale tradition
• The arrival of factories at the start of the 20th century and the enlargement of the canal forced this type of fishing.
• The catches are more important in the summer because it is the spawning period (reproduction) of the mullets / mules which go up towards the pond.

Learn more about the poutarguier muge:
• The muge adapts to the territory of Martigny because it can go from salt water to brackish or even fresh water. It also adapts to port infrastructures and takes advantage of organic waste.
• The pecou is a piece of fish flesh that allows the eggs to hang and dry them.
• In the 17th century, the town of Martigues offered bottarga to the Marquis de Vauban (register of the town's deliberation of March 13, 1686).

After the disappearance of the bourdigues, to continue to enjoy the passage of the fish, calens settle all along the Caronte channel without hindering navigation.
As soon as schools of fish are spotted, a huge net that lies on the bottom of the water is picked up. It is a large net that bars the Caronte Canal across its entire width. Fixed on each side of the canal by stakes, the net is raised when passing schools of fish.
Bottarga is a type of caviar made from salted and dried mullet roe. At the time it was not considered a luxury delicacy, but today it has become martgal caviar, prized by great chefs.
Opening period (s)From 01/07 to 29/07/2022, every Friday between 9.30 am and 11.30 am.
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Avenue Louis Sammut
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Latitude : 43.404418
Longitude : 5.045219
Ville de Martigues
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Parking des 1000 places (La Halle / Calen)
Avenue Louis Sammut
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