Shrimp Fishermen on horseback 2018

eventsJune - September

The Shrimp Fishing on Horseback event in Oostduinkerke was added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2013 by UNESCO. Fishing on horse back is a tradition that exists for over 500 years. The Fishermen on horseback, who are sitting quite high on their tough looking horses are still admired by everyone as they are laboriously plowing through the waves.

The shrimp fishermen meet together on the beach with their horses. Then the nets are being attached, and the fishermen on horseback put on their traditional clothes; yellow raincoats, high boots, and a sou'wester on their heads.
Each horse gets a basket hooked on either side to the wooden saddle, it's where the catch is being kept. About two hours before low tide is the perfect time for the shrimp fishermen to go with their horses in the sea.
When the shrimp fishermen return to the beach three hours later the nets are emptied. They throw all crabs, fish and jellyfish that got stuck in the nets back into the sea. The shrimp catch itself is sieved, and all the sand is washed off.

During the months of March, April, May and September the horseback fishermen go to the sea around the Schipgatduinen (St. André), and around Groenendijk. During those months on the calendar, they depart from the Astridplein (Astrid Square). Then this secondary occupation gets the value of a centuries-old tradition again.

High season
16/08/2017 - 13.45 hrs
17/08/2017 - 15.00 hrs
18/08/2017 - 16.30 hrs
24/08/2017 - 09.00 hrs
25/08/2017 - 09.30 hrs
28/08/2017 - 11.40 hrs
30/08/2017 - 13.30 hrs

After season
01/09/2017 - 15.45 hrs
08/09/2017 - 08.30 hrs
11/09/2017 - 10.45 hrs
15/09/2017 - 14.30 hrs
23/09/2017 - 09.15 hrs

Facebook: Paardenvissers-Oostduinkerke

Location: Astridplein

Website: www.paardevissers.be



Contact information organizer Shrimp Fishermen on horseback:

Toerisme Koksijde
e-mail: toerisme@koksijde.be

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