For several years, she has been fascinated by the bed of the Waddenzee
. In the six hours that the flats are exposed she makes vast sculptures which, when the tide turns, are then swallowed up by the sea.
However, in recent years the Netherlands have been subjecting these seeding activities to a restrictive fisheries licensing regime, highlighting the need to protect the vulnerable habitats of such waters as the Oosterschelde and the Waddenzee
againstthe accidental introduction of alien species.
([dagger]) Source: Report "Compilatie van gegevens over zeehonden en zeehondenopvang in de Nederlandse Waddenzee
" (available at http://www.waddenzee.nl/fileadmin/content/Dossiers/Natuur_en_Landscha p/pdf/zeehondenplatform_compilatierapport.pdf) ([double dagger]) Source: Wadden Sea Newsletters 2001-3 and 2003-2 (available at http://vmm.waddensea-secretariat.org).
Despite the 30-strong team's efforts, which has succeeded in bringing the local Waddenzee
population to a steady level of 2,500, the proportion of sick seals has been rising sharply over the last few years.
Thigh-deep in rich brown mud, tourists in the Waddenzee
note the salty tang to the air, the distant sea, and the shrieking gulls protecting a nearby nest.
You'll want to take some old shoes to Holland Lacking deserts to wander or mountains to scale, the Dutch created their own challenge: wad walking--hiking across the Waddenzee
at low tide.
- Judgment C-127/02 Landelijke Vereniging tot Behoud van de Waddenzee
and Nederlandse Vereniging tot Bescherming van Vogels, Environment and consumers.