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A short series of pictures taken around the oyster beds at Port de la Cayenne in Charente-Maritime, France.

Port de la Cayenne is both the marina and the oyster port in the commune of Marennes, a small river town of Charente-Maritime located on the right bank of the Seudre. It is one of the main oyster-farming ports in France.

La Cayenne is the name traditionally given to both the long channel and the port located on the Seudre at the end of the channel. It is actually made of three parts: the leisure port at the entry to Marennes itself, the channel of La Cayenne, also called the channel of Marennes, and the oyster port at the mouth of the Seudre where it flows into the Maumusson lagoon facing the island of Oléron (part of the Bay of Biscay).

(Source: Wikipedia)

These contraptions, known as cuvettes or collectors, are as I understand it used to cultivate the young oysters or spats in deep water.

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