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Guilvinec (Municipality, Finistère, France)

Ar Gelveneg

Last modified: 2023-09-30 by olivier touzeau
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Flag of Guilvinec - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 16 December 2021

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Presentation of Guilvinec

Guilvinec (official name), very often called Le Guilvinec (Breton, Ar Gelveneg; 2,693 inhabitants in 2020; 246 ha) is a town in the department of Finistère.
Guilvinec is in 2019 the first artisanal fishing port in France in terms of landed value of French boats.

The Steir estuary has always been a natural shelter, and therefore an attractive site, already for prehistoric men.
Around 1860, the port of Guilvinec was still of small importance, having only a dozen fishing boats; in 1860, the Nantes industrialist Louis Pichot created a production unit there with a sardine and cured meats press, a seafood store, a Norwegian roe sales depot, a supply store, a fish shipping service, and a rowboat outfitting. It was the beginning of the development of Guilvinec. In 1863, the arrival of the railway in Quimper caused the rise of Guilvinec. Its harbor, near the mackerel fishing grounds, attracted up to 300 rowboats from all over Cornouaille. The wholesalers organize a fast shipping service to Quimper station. Guilvinec became the leading port in France for shipping fresh mackerel.
The economic balance of the municipality of Plomeur was upset by this rise in power. The fishermen, more and more numerous (Guilvinec then had 2,000 inhabitants), were tired of seeing municipal decisions taken by peasants with interests different from their own. In 1880, they managed to be separated from Plomeur. On April 6, Guilvinec became a municipality.

Olivier Touzeau, 16 December 2021

Flag of Guilvinec

The flag is white with the logo (photo).

Olivier Touzeau, 16 December 2021