Live with salination

Farmers, nature conservation and water managers currently perceive salination as a major threat that pushes the problem of the distribution of freshwater even further. But how would the future look like if Texel no longer fights against salination, but if Texel would ‘live with nature’ and make use of salt and brackish water, and be more thrifty with the drain-off of freshwater? Ideas of zoning are already put forward, but the potential of related technologies like salty agriculture and land fishery are to be explored in more detail. For example, about 20% of the cockle and oyster catch is undersized, and treated as ‘waste’ today. What if these cockles were not wasted but reared and thereby generate new income for farmers? To become 100% self-sufficient, how can land use match future soil, salt and water conditions?