The Belgian custom of shrimping on horseback is at risk due to climate change. In the tradition, which dates back to the 16th century, fishermen ride through shallow waters with nets attached to their saddles. @unesco has designated the custom as an “intangible cultural heritage,” and the community sees it as integral to its way of life. However, warming waters are attracting other species—particularly jellyfish—to shallow parts of the water, crowding out the shrimp and leading to a lower catch rate. Fishermen are concerned about the change in their waters, but are determined to keep the tradition alive. Have you heard of these horseback shrimpers? Let us know in the comments 🦐 🐎 🇧🇪 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo courtesy of Koksijde Tourism @koksijde_oostduinkerke - Years Of Living Dangerously

The Belgian custom of shrimping on horseback is at risk due to climate change. In the tradition, which dates back to the 16th century, fishermen ride through shallow waters with nets attached to their saddles. @unesco has designated the custom as an “intangible cultural heritage,” and the community sees it as integral to its way of life. However, warming waters are attracting other species—particularly jellyfish—to shallow parts of the water, crowding out the shrimp and leading to a lower catch rate. Fishermen are concerned about the change in their waters, but are determined to keep the tradition alive. Have you heard of these horseback shrimpers? Let us know in the comments 🦐 🐎 🇧🇪 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo courtesy of Koksijde Tourism @koksijde_oostduinkerke