Rules: eating from the Easter Scheldt
It is very unique opportunity to gather your own shellfish meal together; mussels, oysters, periwinkles. Do keep to the rules, so as not to disturb the unique Eastern Scheldt nature. Sea vegetables like Salicornia and sea lavender and seaweed can only be harvested with a permit.
These are the rules:
- What you collect may only be for personal use (with a maximum of 10Kg per person per day)
- It is only permitted to gather along the foot of the dyke in the accessible areas, see this map.
- You are prohibited to stir the ground, shovel, scrape and the like.
- Do not disturb the birds.
- It is not permitted to walk on the mud, nor to tread on the oyster banks.
- Do not damage plants and seaweed while gathering
- Rented shellfish plots (often marked with stakes) of at closed dyke routes, see this map
And we are not there yet, because additionally:
- You may not take any crabs and lobsters (shellfish) with you
- Beware of local regulations ordained by the municipality or water board.
Are you getting dizzy from all the rules? Hereby a few tips:
- Around the Eastern Scheldt there are small beaches. Along the edges of the beaches at the foot of the dyke you can often find oysters and periwinkles.
- Do you plan to go gather seafood? Watch the tide, because with high tide you will not find anything. You can see the tide here.
- Only take what you will eat in the evening or the next day. It will not keep for longer.
- Join an excursion. Go to the Eropuit page and select the proeven (tasting) icon.