Working with the Wadden Sea
We as Port of Harlingen work with the Wadden Sea. This means that we are building an active seaport in harmony with the surrounding nature. We intervene in nature as little as possible. We encourage knowledge development and innovations that protect and even strengthen nature and the environment. That way, the port of Harlingen can grow sustainably, strengthen regional developments and stimulate national connections. At the same time, we contribute to the preservation and strengthening of our vulnerable and valuable environment.
Teeming with life
The Wadden Sea is a relatively shallow and warm aquatic region, with a fairly flat coast. It has tidal channels, seagrass meadows, mussel beds, sandbanks, mudflats, salt marshes, beaches and dunes. A large number of plant and animal species are found there, including marine mammals such as the common seal, the grey seal and the porpoise. It is also the breeding ground and wintering area for 10 to 12 million birds a year.
Under the influence of the moon and the sun on the earth, the bottom of the Wadden Sea becomes dry at low tide. At high tide, it fills up again. There are two high and low water tides every 24 hours and 50 minutes. The Wadden Region is one of the last remaining large-scale ecosystems to fall dry at low tide, where natural processes continue to function.