A text published
at the end of the sixteenth century tells the story
of a shipwrecked Scot, Patrick Walton, who went
aground in the bay d’Aiguillon in 1235.
He was rescued by
the inhabitants of the region and stayed here. He
decided to hunt seabirds for a living as he used to
do in his country. He stretched nets along the coast
between wooden poles driven into the beach. Soon,
the hunter was surprised to see many little mussels
coming onto his stakes. They were growing quickly.
Thereafter, it became more profitable to capture
mussels and fatten them rather than hunt birds. This
is the way that bouchot mussels farming would be
farming method has performed for a long time on the
French Atlantic coast where spat naturally fixes on
After World War 2,
people living in the Vivarais area tried different
way of mussels breeding (on planks or stones), but
the results were not good.