Belgian horseback fishers have problems – level 3

13-11-2023 15:00

In a coastal village in Belgium, horseback shrimp fishing remains a UNESCO-recognized tradition, despite being less of a commercial endeavor today.

Gunther Vanbleu rides his carthorse named Martha and its movements make shrimp jump into a net that the horse hauls out of the sea.

The fishermen and women have witnessed how climate change is affecting the North Sea’s ecosystem due to their proximity to the coastal waters. They now catch fewer shrimp but have observed new animal species, such as weevers, arriving from the Atlantic as the water warms up. Weevers are small venomous fish. The North Sea’s surface temperatures have increased by approximately 0.3 degrees Celsius per decade since 1991 due to global warming, which has disrupted the traditional fishing seasons for this small community.

Difficult words: endeavor (an attempt to achieve a goal), ecosystem (a community of living organisms and their environment), proximity (closeness).

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What strategies are the fishermen and women in this coastal Belgian village using to adapt to the disruption of their fishing seasons because of climate change?


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