Cuttlefish can be found in fishmongers throughout the region.
With the scientific name, Sepia officinalis, cuttlefish is found in the region and is very popular with fishermen, particularly in the bay of Arcachon where they use a jig fishing technique.
The fishing seasons are punctuated by cuttlefish being found in Arcachon Bay with its arrival in the spring and fishing for ‘casseron’ in September (the smallest cuttlefish during the year). Cuttlefish come to breed in the bay where they lay black eggs, similar to bunches of grapes, on any surfaces they can find (including eel grasses, dead bodies and even traps).
They are fished in the bay from springtime onwards, using trammel nets and traps. It’s quite common to see small boats of commercial fishermen at the foot of the Dune du Pilat in search of them!
Cuttlefish is also caught at sea, making it one of the main varieties sold at the Arcachon auction. This fish is mainly caught using trawling methods.