Onrust in de Dollard | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 4, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 2468-2187
  • E-ISSN: 2468-2195


Tension in the Dollard. A fishing conflict from 1911-1933

In the Dollard, a brackish embayment of the Ems estuary, German and Dutch fishermen used to go out on the tidal flats to collect shrimps and other fish caught in simple fykenets. German fishermen payed little attention to the since 1723 existing border. In 1911, Dutch fishery act came in force, limiting the German fishers to their territory. This paper describes how fishermen and authorities initially maintained their positions, but after some time reached a conditional compromise. After 1945, the conflict faded away due to the mechanization of shrimp fishing and nature protection measures.


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