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Disturbance, destruction or capture of the fan mussel: fines of up to 150,000€ in France

A warning is necessary for all those who are unaware that the capture, disturbance, or destruction of protected natural species is severely punished by law.

Currently, the Thau lagoon has become one of the last sanctuaries for the fan mussel, the largest bivalve shell in the world. This species is in great danger of extinction throughout the Mediterranean. It is strictly forbidden to collect individuals or even to move them. Find more information here:

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