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By Rob van Ginkel

This ethnographic examine considers the engagement of Dutch fishermen with the restricted assets of the marine global, in addition to the capricious markets and political interventions that govern the fishing from the early eighteenth-century to the current day. extra particularly, it specializes in the owner-operators, deckhands, fishermen’s other halves, and others excited about the fisheries of Texel, an island on the northwestern finish of the Netherlands. Elucidating how the fishermen have navigated treacherous waters, in either a true and metaphorical feel, for plenty of many years, Braving stricken Waters bargains a portrait of a group on the interface of neighborhood, nationwide, and supranational tactics.

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Oudeschild has clearly benefited from the tourist industry. It is a popular destination for an outing on the island, but the village does not have many tourist beds. Once the tourist season’s hustle and bustle is over, it turns into a rather quiet place. The same applies to Oosterend, situated about six kilometres north of Oudeschild’s harbour. Approaching Oosterend from the south, a massive bell tower commands the village’s silhouette. It belongs to the island’s oldest place of worship, parts of which date back to the 12th century.

It covers the island’s news in detail and constitutes an important platform for local discussion. Furthermore, the islanders have an eye for the immaterial elements of Texel culture such as the dialect, local history and folklore. There is a folklore association that organizes various events and a thriving local history association that currently comprises approximately 950 members. Cultural traditions such as the burning of bonfires (meierblissen) on 30 April and the celebration of a local festival, Ouwe Sunderklaas, on 12 December, are alive and kicking.

Subsequently, De Koog lost its importance as a fishing community, and to a lesser extent, this also applied to Den Hoorn. Increasingly, the male inhabitants of the latter village turned to piloting and sheep farming. The devastating floods also led to huge losses in land, crops and cattle, and inundations rendered part of the soil useless. Two more storm surges followed in 1578 and 1590. By the end of the 16th century, the Estates of Holland intervened in dyke maintenance, levying taxes on all islanders and introducing new regulations pertaining to hydraulic engineering.

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