Shrimp Fishing on Hoseback in Oostduinkerke, Belgium
centuries the people living along the coast of the Northsea made their
living from the sea.
shrimps netted from the shallow waters inaccessible for fisheries by
expensive boats and done by women and children supplemented the income
of the fishermen families while the men where fishing offshore for extended
perioids of time. Like many other traditions and techniques this way
of fishing disappeared in the 2nd half of the
20th century with the advancing technology and
changes in lifestyle.
From April to October fishing of shrimp from horseback and on foot, the preparation of the catch by boiling and peeling the shrimp are demonstrated along the beach of Oostduinkerke.
having read about his tradition and seeing a couple of video documentaries
I took the opportunity to visit Oostduinkerke for a day in July 2019
to watch the Paardenvissers in action and sample some fresh shrimp.