The workshop cabin

In the 1940s, the first workshop of the Arin family was established on Ile aux Œufs, opposite Sarzeau. The workshop was moved according to the wind and the tasks. In the foreground is André Arin (our father) who was making his debut in the oyster business...

 
 

The workshop in Kerarzic

The building of the first workshop at Kerarzic headland in 1947 and the oyster storage in adjoining tanks.

 
 

The work inside

In the workshop, women sorted out the oysters…

 
 

The current workshop

At the end of the 1970s, a new building was built. It is more spacious and functional.

 
 

Sorting oysters

Oysters were manually graded until the end of the 1990s. Grading is the last step before marketing.

 
 

Today

Oysters are regularly brought back to the workshop during their growth – which on average last 3 years – to be sorted with a screen. They are sorted according to their size and sent back several times to grow before being eaten. Machines are helping men and women but the job remains physical and manual…