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Pictures: Shrimp Fishing Festival in Belgium

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Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com
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Fishermen use horses rather than the boats to catch shrimp in the village of Ochidionkirki in western Belgium, which relies on fishing to become one of the few places in the world that still use a method dating back to the fifteenth century.

Shrimp Fishing Festival in Belgium (1)
Shrimp Fishing Festival in Belgium

This method utilizes the power of horses to claw a fishing net through the shallow waters of Ochidonkirki, a natural habitat for gray shrimp before and after the tidal decline.

Although this method was also used hundreds of years ago in northern France, the Netherlands and southern England, only 15 Belgian fishermen in that village Are still using this method, which is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) several times a week, attracting tourists from all over the world.
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Horse Riders Mover The Net Into The Sea During Shrimp Fishing Festival in Belgium
Horse Riders Mover The Net Into The Sea During Shrimp Fishing Festival in Belgium

“We see a shrimp population shrinking every year,” said Catherine Teren, whose friend has been fishing for 20 years”.

“I think we are at a stage where pollution and plastics in the ocean will become a bigger problem, and we will see the consequences even more in the coming years” said Teren.

Side of the festival
Side of the festival

Festival in Belgium
Festival in Belgium

Young fishes from the net
Young fishes from the net

Horses carrying old fashioned fish buckets
Horses carrying old fashioned fish buckets

Sea view during the festival
Sea view during the festival

Net rope tied to the horse saddle
Net rope tied to the horse saddle

Young lady pushes her horse
Young lady pushes her horse

Closeup picture of a horse rider
Closeup picture of a horse rider

Young man sitting on the cart during the festival
Young man sitting on the cart during the festival

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