"Sailing or Fishing... Our Village" Bruinisse by Porteplume

Bruinisse Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 95 photos

In the Netherlands mussels are mainly grown in floor culture on the mussel plots. Here in Bruinisse, our village with a rather important fishing harbour, the mussels are also experimentely grown in the so-called "Hangcultuur'.

In spring, the seed (spat/larvae) collectors are prepared and deployed in seed producing areas. At this time the Sleeving process begins.
Sleeving (seeding) is the operation by which juvenile or seed mussels are loaded onto mesh sleeves.

By the fall of the year the mussel seed will have grown to a size of 5 to 20 mm and socking season begins. The mussel seed are stripped from the collectors, de-clumped and graded into uniform size classes before being places into plastic mesh sleeves/tubes called socks.
The socks containing the mussels are then hung from longlines and the longlines suspended below the surface for over-wintering - Here hanging under these blue barrels - The mussels hang high in the water, where the food offer is optimum and the mussels need no silt or sand.
Because of this the mussels will grow fast and get them sticking out a flesh weight and and more fine taste and absolutely without any sand.

During the spring and summer of the year following the socking, the mussel farmer is busy adding floatation to the longlines as the crop grows and the mussel socks gain weight.

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En Français: Notre Île: Schouwen-Duiveland

L'île Schouwen-Duiveland , Province Zeeland, où j'habite depuis plus de 25 ans n'est plus vraiment une île puisqu'elle est reliée aux autres régions avoisinantes par:
<li> La Brouwersdam (Digue) au nord
<li> La Grevelingendam (Digue) à l'est
<li> Le Pont de Zélande -Zeelandbrug (5 km) au sud et
<li> Le Barrage Anti-tempêtes sur l'Escaut à l'ouest. (Oosterscheldedam)

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In English: Our Island: Schouwen-Duiveland

The Island called Schouwen-Duiveland , in Zeeland isn't quite an island anymore as it is connected to others with:
<li>The Brouwersdam in the North
<li>The Grevelingendam in the East
<li>The 5km long Zeelandbridge in the South and
<li>The Oosterscheldedam , (Eastern Scheldt storm-surge barrier) in the West.
All those dams and bridges are part of the Delta Works.

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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2005 at 5:50 AM

    Your photos of nature are superb. Especially the winter scenes.

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2004 at 3:41 AM

    Beautiful winter scenes in your village. Stunning pictures.

  • gkitzmil's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2004 at 1:49 PM

    Lovely place -- and thanks for the MAP -- a real benefit!! I'll be in NL next year! --Greg

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2004 at 3:10 AM

    Looks a lovely village Viviane. Glad to see a windmill in there !!!

  • mignonne's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2004 at 7:12 AM

    Ça a l'air très interessant... C'est quelque chose à regarder pour mon prochain voyage en Europe!

  • Luiz's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2003 at 2:23 PM

    Happy birthday, Viviane!

  • beret's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2003 at 11:32 AM

    Oh, what lovely winter pictures! Such a picturesque place.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2003 at 1:24 PM

    Beautiful winter pictures! I'll try your mussel recipee, they have lots of seafood here in nHouston, so that should be no problem, and it looks so good! Wondeful island it seems! Bonjour de l'autre salaisienne!

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2003 at 2:50 PM

    Lovely page of a lovely place. Mijn man komt vaak duiken in de Grevelingen ...

  • jide08's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2003 at 9:56 AM

    Nice place. I like the photos about winter, particularly that with the ducks.


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