Monday 8 a.m. on the Bas-Sablons harbor in Saint-Malo,
Surya, a 12-meter multipurpose fishing boat, leaves the harbor and heads northwest, towards the Bay of Saint-Brieuc and its scallop bed frequented by 250 boats registered for this winter campaign. Two days a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, Till, the skipper, and Briac, his deckhand, meet on the fishing grounds. At the exit of the harbor, Briac methodically secured the two side dredges to the cables which are themselves connected to the central winch. This morning few boats have taken to the sea a little rough and in our wake some Malouins are cutting the road, 2 hours 30 to reach the area open to fishing.
10:00 am, we leave the imposing silhouette of Cape Frehel to port by a great sun.
The boats of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc are already on the area and the Malouins disperse, each one observing the route followed by the others. When Briac smokes a last cigarette, Till scans the position of the boats with binoculars, the tension rises gently on board Surya. The crew dons their oilskins and checks the dredges one last time. 10:40 a.m., they are positioned on the sides, the bottom touching the foam, ready to go into action. Like the other boats, Surya makes circles in the water in anticipation of the top start. 10:54 am, the Maritime Affairs plane is announced on the VHF, last glance towards the coast to note: rubbing prohibited this morning!