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MIDI’s planned development of Manoel Island and the Gzira promenade will lead to loss of Slipway and over 100 moorings.
Għaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Gżira protest.
Għaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Gżira are expressing their dismay with MIDI’s latest proposals for the development of Manoel Island. MIDI have claimed that important sites are to be preserved and Għaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Gżira agrees with the efforts to preserve sites of historical importance.
However, at no point has MIDI expressed concern for the fishermen and small boat owners who use the port of Gzira to launch and moor their vessels.
If land reclamation goes ahead and the slipway and facilities are removed as is envisaged in MIDI’s plans boat owners will be at a loss as to where they can launch and moor their vessels.
The latest proposed plans include a much larger and higher bridge compared to the current Manoel Island bridge. If this is the case a marine fairway will have to be created which will add to the loss of moorings already being caused by the proposed land reclamation.
In addition to the above, a large tract of water along the shore of Manoel Island will be reserved for use by yacht yard customers, further limiting the space available for maltese recreational fishermen and small boat owners.
A large Lido along the Gzira shoreline (albeit not owned by MIDI) has already been approved by the Planning Authority and this already promises the loss of mooring spaces. MIDI’s proposals will only compound this situation and make it harder for people of limited means to find a spot for their vessels.
Despite the new plans seeming more attractive than those of 20 years ago, Għaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Gżira is strongly protesting against this threathened loss of the slipway which its members have been using for over 70 years.
The port of Gzira will also lose over 100 mooring points meaning that the famously attractive Maltese fishing boats will disappear from the Gzira shore which they have adorned for generations, fascinating locals and tourists alike.
The members of Għaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Gżira have strong emotional and psychological ties to the sea. Their way of life is under severe threath from this development. Proposed changes are expected to cause trauma and grief for a lot of fishermen and small boat owners.
It is important to note that The Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development (SPED) is required: “To ensure that existing recreational resources are protected, enhanced and accessible, and to facilitate the provision of new recreational facilities to improve social cohesion, human health, air quality and biodiversity” from thematic objective number five (5).
Għaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Gżira represents common people who do not deserve to be treated with such disrespect by the wealthy and powerful. This is not the kind of treatment that is to be expected in a civilised democratic nation like ours.
Ghal verzjoni tal Press Release bil-Malti Aghfas Hawn.
Nhar it 3 ta Dicembru 2019 membri tal-kumitat tal-Federazzjoni ghamlu zjara ta kortesija lill-Agent Direttur Generali tas-Sajd is-Sur Bjorn Callus biex jifirhulu ghall-pozizzjoni gdida tieghu u anke biex jispjegawlu l-ghanijiet tal-Federazzjoni. Waqt il-laqgha semmejna anke certu affarijiet li jolqtu lis-sajjieda dilettanti u id-delizzju taghhom.
On the 3rd December 2019 committee members of the Federation had an introductory meeting with Mr Bjorn Callus, the Acting Director General of Fisheries, to congratulate him on his new appointment. Certain issues affecting recreational fishermen and their pastime were also briefly discussed.