In January, very few fish are caught: fishermen are either on holiday after Christmas and New Year or they’re servicing their boats. This is also the breeding period for sole and bass; they’re plentiful but may contain eggs.
March marks peak breeding season for pollock and whiting. There’s a transition at the beginning of spring, with fewer trawl-caught bass, sole and squid. However, a wide range of fish is available during this period, with the return of line-caught bass, sea bream and more.
In May, returning warm water species mix with cold water species. A wide range of products makes this a good time to buy in advance for the Christmas holidays, but prices can be high for some products.
Oily fish arrive in June; mackerel, sardines and the first tuna of the season are now available. Small species of fish are particularly plentiful during this period. Farmed mussels are available, but not from the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel.
During the summer, prices may rise because of a drop in the number of fish caught. The temperature can cause issues with quality . Farmed mussels from the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel will be available from July when the harvesting season begins.
In early September, the sea is teeming with life and activity. Oily fish gradually become less widely available.
October and November are the high season for cephalopods, cuttlefishand squid, not forgetting scallops. In general, autumn is a time for collecting and selling shellfish (clams, abalones, etc.
The end of the year marks the return of “winter” fish including hake and sole.
Meteorological conditions can affect available fish stocks. During the Christmas holidays, the prices of fresh products increase (lobster, oysters, salmon, etc.) because of supply and demand.