Welcome to Artisanal Sea Salt Europe

Artisanal Sea Salt Europe is the trade association which represents the interests of the EU producers of hand-harvested sea salt at the European level.

Its membership comprises producers from Croatia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Slovenia.

What is hand-harvested sea salt?

“Salt is the sea that could not return to the sky”

Hand-harvested sea salt has been produced for centuries in several parts of Europe. Sea water is naturally air and sun dried and crystallizes in natural sea salt ponds. This process takes place in salt marshes (ponds) which are made up of a series of clay lined pools in which the sea water circulates by means of manually operated hydraulic pumps at a rhythm controlled by the salt producer. The entire harvesting process is done the traditional way by hand with wooden tools. The salts are untreated, unprocessed and as such rich in natural minerals.

There are mainly two types of salt products:

• Coarse salt which falls to the bottom of pond where it is collected

• Flower of salt (“Fleur de sel”) which crystallizes and is collected on the water surface of the pond.

These sea salt hand-harvesting methods have not changed for centuries. These sea salts are 100% natural.


Artisanal Sea Salt Europe promotes and defends the interest of its members who are hand-harvested sea salt producers.

This includes notably:

The protection of the “Fleur de sel”

The promotion and protection of sea salts with a geographical indication (PDO or PGI)

The organic salt production

The preservation of traditional sea salt production techniques

The protection of the salt marshes’ unique wildlife and ecosystems


Our Members

The founding members of the Artisanal Sea Salt Europe 

The French Association des Producteurs de sel marin de l’Atlantique récolté manuellement – AFPS

The Spanish association Salinas Marinas Artisanales – AESMAR

The Portuguese association Federaçoã Nacional de Produtores de Sal Marinho Artesanal – FENA.SAL

The Italian Consorzio per la valorizzazione del Sale MARino di Trapani – SMART

Solana Nin (Croatia)

Soline Pridelava soli d.o.o (Slovenia)


E-mail  |  contact@artisanalseasalt.eu

Tel  | +32.2.733.50.60

Address  |  Square Ambiorix, 18. Box 28. B-1000 Brussels. Belgium