Excursions

Excursions

The 7th edition of “The Crystal Ship” art festival will be held in Oostende March 28-April 9, 2022. This will be the first time in three years that international artists will be travelling to the Oostende for the festival. One of them is Maya Hayuk, an American artist with Ukrainian roots. She will make a work of art on the wall of the Ensor Institute that refers to the war in Ukraine. The 72 street art pieces will be on permanent display in the city during ICAIS 2022.

Take a stroll in this magnificent ‘Kaiyusschiki-style’ garden and marvel at the various landscapes which unfold before your eyes. No-one would expect this oasis of tranquillity and contemplation so near to the sea and Oostende’s vibrant city centre. During Belgian school holidays (with the exception of the Christmas and the spring break holidays), open every day.


A former Belgian merchant marine training ship, this three-masted schooner is now a floating maritime museum. It has a length of more than 78 m and a width of 11 m. This beautiful ship is really worth a visit. Great for kids as well.


This tour is available to those who are registered for ICAIS 2022 and their accompanying guest. The cost for the tour is €50. Please contact the Conference Administrator if you are interested in joining the tour. Availability will be on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, 23 April 2022, 08:30 – 18:00

Transportation will be aboard a touring bus that will depart the Thermae Palace Hotel around 08:30 and participants will be returned to the hotel by around 18:00.

On this day trip through Belgium and The Netherlands, participants will visit:

  1. A marina with a large variety of alien marine seaweeds, worms, crabs and sea-squirts. Using pre-deployed settlement plates, scrape nets, hand dredges and gelatinous zooplankton nets, you will encounter a large selection of alien species, like the beautiful purplish feather worm Bispira polyoma, which was introduced to Europe relatively recently.
  2. The impressive, large Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier.
  3. A Pacific oyster reef, as far as the eye can see. If time, wind, and tides allow, we will also make a short stop to check out the basket-ball sized Biflustra grandicella colonies, Pacific bryozoans known to inhabit only this site in Europe.
  4. A Belgian inland freshwater canal with its alien inhabitants, among which are various Ponto-Caspian fish and crustaceans.

8:30 – 10:00 Oostende (BE) – Breskens (NL) by bus

10:00 – 11:30 Alien species tour in the marina at Breskens www.jachthavenbreskens.nl

Alien species present:
  • Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame)              
  • Hemigrapsus takanoi
  • Hemigrapsus sanguineus
  • Bispira polyoma
  • Magallana gigas
  • Botrylloides violaceus
  • Styela clava
  • Sycon scaldiens

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11:30 – 13:30 Small ferry from Breskens (NL) to Vlissingen (NL) for a lunch stop.

13:30 – 14:30 Storm surge barrier on the Eastern Scheldt (guided tour by Rijkswaterstaat – RWS)

14:30 – 15:00 Japanese oyster reefs of the Eastern Scheldt (low tide around 15:00)

The oyster reefs formed by the Pacific oyster Magallana gigas have had a huge impact as similar reefs, especially in the intertidal zone, cannot be formed by any native species. Photo Copyright GiMaRIS

15:00-16:00 By bus from Goes (NL) to Gent (BE)

16:00-17:00 Alien species in Canal Gent – Terneuzen

Alien species expected:
  • Round goby Neogobius melanostomus
  • Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis

17:00-17:45 Gent (BE) -Oostende (BE), back in hotel by 6 p.m.