Small Scale Fisheries Network Malta inaugurated during Is-Sajda u it-Tisjira.
Members from the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta Committee attended to the event Is-Sajda u it-Tisjira organised by MCAST at the College for Agriculture, Aquaatics and Animal Welfare on Friday 22nd June 2018. During this event, which was organised on the European Maritime Day, the Small Scale Fisheries Network Malta was officially launched.
The event was opened with a short introduction by Malcolm B. Borg (Deputy Director- Insitute of Applied Sciences, in charge of the CAAAS at MCAST-Centre for Agriculture, Aquatics & Animal Sciences (CAAAS)) MCAST) who welcome all those present at the event.
This was followed by a talk from Ms. Suzannne Piscopo (Heads the Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies Department within the faculty of Education, University of Malta) about the benefits of having fish as one of the main ingredients of our diets. She emphasised about the Omega 3 content available in fish in addition to other important minerals and vitamins.
The Mediterranean Culinary Accademy followed with a demonstration of how to fillet fish and also how to cook the less popular but very beneficial mackerel.
Mr. Malcolm B. Borg and Dr. Alicia Said then officially launched the Small Scale Fisheries Network Malta.
Ms. Martha Cavalli from Low Impact Fisheries Europe (L.I.F.E.) then gave a short description of the aims and activities of the organisation she represents.
Ms Marja Bekendam-de Boer from the Network of Women in Fisheries and Aquaculture (AKTEA) then followed with a short speech about her organisation.
Profs Ratan Chuenpagdee (Professor at Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada) from the organisation Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) of Cnada, then followed with a short description of the aims and activities of her organisation. She also highlighted the important work being carried out by Dr. Alicia Said.
Dr Alicia Said then interviewd Mr. Carmelo Cassar (Il-Handy), s Marsaxlokk fisherman present for the event about the work done and hardships encountered by small scale and artisanal fishers in Malta.
The Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta was invited to and attended the Closure Event for Life Bahar N2K Project held at Villa Bighi on the 5th June 2018.
During the closure event of the LIFE BaĦAR for Natura 2000 project, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change José Herrera announced that Malta has increasing the protected marine areas from 3,487 km2 to 4,138 km2, reaching over 35% of the Maltese waters through the designation of an additional eight Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for Malta. These areas are being afforded protection owing to the presence of important seabed habitats, specifically reefs and caves, in both coastal and deep waters.
Three new inshore sites are an extension to the area covered by existing coastal MPAs, and these include a variety of coastal cave and reef habitats. A number of species of conservation interest inhabit these areas, including the star coral, Astroides calycularis, the long-spined sea urchin, Centrostephanus longispinus, and the Mediterranean slipper lobster, Scyllarides latus.
The project also led to the designation of two completely new areas. These include offshore reefs hosting extensive and diverse communities of cold-water corals and of gorgonians, including many species of conservation interest.
The LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project also extended three offshore sites which had been previously designated as MPAs and which are important for the loggerhead turtle and the bottlenose dolphin.
Data collected in the process will enhance our marine knowledge. In this case, precious information in relation to threats and weaknesses of our seas were sought. “Now more than ever we are recognising the need to preserve our seas which is our asset to be passed on to our future generations”, stated Minister Herrera who highlighted that 80% of marine litter is land-based and generated either by accident due to weather or on purpose by illegal littering.
The ministry has recently launched two important public consultations aimed at addressing littering challenges: the amendments to the Littering Regulations and the introduction of the Beverage Container Refund Scheme.
During the project surveys, hundreds of marine species were observed, including some 75 different species of fish, 55 cnidarians (e.g. corals, sea pens, anemones), 35 crustaceans, 32 molluscs, 21 echinoderms (starfish, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea-lilies) and 15 sponges, as well as various tunicates, bryozoans, brachiopods and annelids.
The LIFE BaĦAR for Natura 2000 project will pave the way for better management of these important areas. The information collected, including on the pressures observed, will over the next few years be used to develop and implement management measures to conserve this rich biodiversity, concluded Minister Herrera
This project’s aim was to to extend existing marine Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) and identify new SCIs for inclusion within the Natura 2000 network, a network of protected areas throughout the EU. LIFE BaĦAR for N2K commenced in October 2013 and is ending in June 2018; it had a budget of €2.6 million, 50% of which was co-financed by the EU LIFE funding programme.
By protecting new sites and extending those already protected, based on the results of this project, an additional area of about 700 km2 is now being protected to conserve seabed habitats and the species that live on them. With these new sites, Malta is now protecting over 4100 km2 of its waters. This area is equivalent to more than 35% of Malta’s Fisheries Management Zone.
The Federation met with representative from ADI Associates who have been contracted by the MTA to prepare an update to the strategy for a sustainable diving industry. The strategy document will outline the vision and objectives for the industry, as well as identify the existing and candidate shore, boat and wreck dive sites and the physical and other support infrastructure required for these sites. The project involves the updating and consolidation of the 2011 Diving Masterplan for Malta (Masterplan to Support A Sustainable Diving Industry in Malta) and the 2006 Diving Masterplan for Gozo and Comino, both of which were prepared by Adi Associates on behalf of the MTA and the Ministry for Gozo, respectively.
During the meeting held on Monday 21st May 2018 at the Cottonera Sports Complex the obvious implications for recreational and amateur fishing activities were discussed. ADI Associates envisages that there will be formal public consultation on the Draft Strategy; however, it is considered important to get the Federation's views at this stage.
Following to the first stakeholder meetings on the LIFE BaHAR for Natura 2000 project, the Federation was invited to the second stakeholder meeting regarding this project. This took place on Monday 7th May at 6pm at Outlook Coop in Qormi.. During this meeting Dr Mark Mifsud presented all the findings of the interviews carried out during the past weeks, with all the stakeholders.
Wara li kienet saret l-ewwel laqgħa dwar LIFE BaĦAR fi ħdan il-proġett Natura 2000, il-Federazzjoni kienet mistiedna għat-tieni laqgħa li saret għall-istakeholders dwar dan il-proġett. Din saret nhar it-Tnejn 7 ta' Mejju fis-6pm f'Outlook Coop, Ħal Qormi. F'din il-laqgħa Dr Mark Mifsud ippreżenta t-tagħrif miġbur mill-intervisti li saru matul dawn l-aħħar ġimgħat mal-istakeholders kollha.
Il-Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta zammet il-Laqgha Generali Annwali taghha nhar il-Hadd 8 t'April 2018 fil-kumpless Sportiv tal-Kottonera. Wara li l-President fetah il-laqgha b'diskors qasir, inqraw u gew approvati il-minuti tal-laqgha generali annwali tas-sena l-ohra, inqara u gie approvat ir-rappoprt amministrattiv ghas-sena 2017 / 2018 u inqara u gie approvat ir-rapport finanzjarju ghas-sena 2017 / 2018. Membru mill-kumitat tal-Fondazzjoni San Pietru ghamel diskors qasir fuq ix-xoghol imwettaq mill Fondazzjoni kemm matul is-sena 2017 kif ukoll ta xi figuri ta kemm tqassmu porzjonijiet ta hut lill-istituti tal-karita u djar ta l-anzjani minn meta twaqqfet il-Fondazzjoni.
Fl-ahhar tal-laqgha saru xi mistoqsijiet mill-membri ta l-Ghaqdiet affiljati prezenti u anke saru diskussjonijiet fuq dawn l-istess mistoqsijiet.
The Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 8th April 2018 at the Cottonera Sports Complex. The meeting was opened with a short speech from the Federation president followed by the reading out of the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting. These minutes were approved by members present. The Federation Secretary then read out the Administrative report for the year 2017 / 2018, which was approved by members present. The Treasurer of the Federation then read out the financial report for 2017 / 2018 which was again approved by members from affiliated associations present. This was followed by a short address by a committee member of Fondazzjoni San Pietru who gave a short description of the work carried out by the Fondazzjoni San Pietru during the year 2017 as well as gave some statistics about the number of fish portions donated to charity institutions and old age homes since the setting up of the Fondazzjoni.
The last part of the meeting consisted of questions put up by members of affiliated associations about recreational fishing and a discussion on the same questions raised.
The Federation held its Annual Christmas Lunch for members of the affiliated associations and their families and friends at the Alexandra Hotel, St Julians on Sunday 10th December 2017. More photos can be viewed here.
Il-Federazzjoni organizzat l-ikla annwali tal-Milied ghall-membri ta l-Ghaqdiet affiljati u l-familji u l-hbieb taghhom, fil-lukanda Alexandra San Giljan nhar il-Hadd 10 ta Dicembru 2017. Iktar ritratti tista tarahom hawn.
Federation comittee members were invited and attended the 4th stakeholder seminar of Life Bahar for N2K project
The 4th stakeholder seminar of the LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project was held at ERA premises on the 21st of November, 2017. The aim of the seminar was to inform stakeholders on the next steps, project outcomes after the final data analysis and to invite everyone on an open discussion on potential future conservation measures.
A comprehensive presentation on the process of identifying and designating new sites under the Natura 2000 network was given by Christopher Cousin from ERA. The presentation provided information on the required steps for identification and designation; introduced the areas within which the MPAs will be identified through the LIFE BaĦAR project; explained management considerations and the use of conservation measures. The floor was then opened for discussion.
The stakeholders participated actively in the discussion and highlighted various issues of concern from their experience, in relation to the sustainable use of the marine environment, various conflicts between activities, and the ecological impact of certain activities.
In conclusion, the stakeholders were invited to participate in the interviews being carried out under action A8, and to think about what could be done in practice to address the pressures and threats, indicating that ERA would be consulting the stakeholders again in future on potential measures.
The seminar was attended by representatives from Nature Trust FEE Malta, Civil Protection Department, Wild Birds Regulation Unit, BirdLife Malta, Sharklab- Malta, Ghaqda Koperattiva tas-Sajd, Federation of Amateur Fishing Association, Marsaxlokk Artisinal Fishers, Fishing Trawlers Owners Association, Police Department and Transport Malta, as well as project partners and ERA staff.
A delegation from the Federation’s Executive Committee asked for a meeting with Hon. Clint Camilleri, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights.
The meeting was held on Tuesday 17th October 2017 at the ministry in Santa Venera
During this meeting the Federation introduced itself to the newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary and also congratulated the Parliamentary Secretary for his appointment. The Federation also highlighted the new measure being adopted by the Fisheries Department whereby the department is asking for a yearly surveyor’s report before renewing licences for vessels licenced by the department. Hon. Clint Camilleri promised to look into the matter and advise the Federation accordingly.
Federation Committee members attended a 4 day seminar held at the Radisson Golden Sands Hotel between the 11th and 14th September 2017. The seminar was organised by Life Bahar N2k and ERA.
The aim of the conference was to bring together key participants in marine conservation and management, including local stakeholders and international experts from Mediterranean areas, to share their views and expertise, as a basis for common efforts to protect the Mediterranean Sea as a whole.
The first day focused on Marine Protected Areas in general with an introduction to the Natura 2000 network in Malta, an overview of the LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project, and work done through the project, in particular the project surveys and results. Furthermore, three international experts presented an insight in the designation and management of Natura 2000 sites, related and relevant projects for the Mediterranean region, and the status and need for reference conditions of important habitats.
The second day presented different aspects of management from a local to a regional scale, evaluating management measures, issues within MPAs, as well as synergies between the applicable policies. Case studies on applied management measures in the Northern Mediterranean and from the Southern region were presented and similarities and differences in management approaches discussed.
On the third day of the conference, the focus was on monitoring – from plans to be implemented to expert advice on appropriate monitoring techniques for different habitats. In the afternoon, representatives from different stakeholder groups and authorities, project partners, participants from the general public and international experts came together to discuss in small groups different aspects of MPA management and monitoring, present their experiences and views and suggest measures and approaches that could be considered in a local context.
To conclude this experience, all participants were invited to join the conference boat trip on the fourth day to visit some of the local marine protected sites.
The Agenda of the seminar was as follows:
Science as a basis for designation - Introduction to Natura 2000, LIFE BaĦAR for N2K Project and Results
10:15 Introductory speech by Prof. Victor Axiak, ERA Chairman
10:20 Video message from EU Commissioner Mr Karmenu Vella
10:30 Introduction on Natura 2000 and marine SCIs in Malta Malta - Mr Christopher Cousin, ERA
10:45 Introduction to LIFE BaĦAR for N2K Project - Ms Christina Mallia, ERA 11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Status of knowledge at start of the project - Ms Romina Sciberras, MESDC-DFA
11:45 LIFE BaĦAR marine surveys - Fieldwork Methodology – Ms Silvia Garcia, Fundación Oceana
12:15 Interpretation of data and results - Dr Julian Evans, University of Malta
14:00 Marine Natura 2000: from designation to effective management - Dr Vedran Nikolic, European Commission - Nature Protection
14:30 Designation and next steps in the policy decision-making process - Ms Margaret Cassar, MESDC
14:45 Site designation and related projects in Mediterranean context, including MedKeyHabitats and MedMPANet - Mr Atef Ouerghi, RAC/SPA
15:15 Coffee Break
15:45 Habitats/species of interest and relevance in Mediterranean context – Prof. Carlo Nike Bianchi, University of Genoa, Italy
09:15 Introductory speech by Dr Louise Spiteri, ERA Acting CEO
09:25 Existing Marine SCIs in Malta: Overview of Issues - Mr Brian Christie, ERA 09:45 Focus on pSCIs on seagrass meadows, turtles and dolphins - proposed management measures - Mr Christopher Cousin, ERA
10:15 Focus on Marine SPAs: LIFE Malta Seabirds After-LIFE - Mr Paulo Lago Barreiro, BirdLife Malta
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Focus on new sites for Caves and Reefs - Issues identified - Dr Leyla KnittweisMifsud, University of Malta
12:00 Synergies and opportunities in policy implementation - Ms Miraine Rizzo, ERA 12:15 Q&A
13:30 Management of MPAs in the Mediterranean - Mr Bruno Meola, MedPAN 14:00 Experience with management of MPAs in Northern Mediterranean - Ms Valentina Cappanera, Portofino MPA/SPAMI, Italy
14:30 Coffee Break
15:00 Experience with management of MPAs in the Southern Mediterranean - Mr Ziad Samaha, Ministry of Environment, Lebanon
15:30 Regional and Spatial Patterns in Marine Biodiversity and Human Impacts in the Mediterranean: Implications for Management and Policy - Dr Ameer Abdulla, PANACeA, European Topic Centre, University of Malaga, Spain
16:00 Questions/discussion on synergies and work to be done
09:15 Introductory speech by Perit Michelle Piccinino, ERA Director Environment & Resources
09:20 Speech by Hon. Dr José Herrera, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development & Climate Change 09:30 National Marine Monitoring program - Ms Tamara Micallef, ERA
09:45 Marine Monitoring - ecosystems approach - Dr Daniel Cebrian, UNEP EcAp 10:15 Development and Monitoring of Conservation Objectives for marine Natura 2000 sites - Mr Bruno Meola, MedPAN
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Monitoring techniques for reefs - Dr Enric Ballesteros, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
11:45 Monitoring techniques for caves - Dr Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
12:00 Monitoring techniques for seagrass meadows – Prof. Gerard Pergent, University of Corsica, France
12:15 Q&A - Discussion on synergies
13:30 Parallel break-out sessions on management and monitoring
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Reporting back and wrap up from breakout sessions
16:00 Concluding plenary
20:00 Evening Reception Venue: Bacchus Restaurant, 1 Inguanez Alley, Mdina
Field Trip 09:00 – 12:00 Guided boat trip around the Maltese Islands visiting Marine Protected Areas Meeting Point: Buġibba Jetty at 8:45 a.m.
Federation Committee members attended a meeting organised by SportMalta on the 20th July 2017 at the Agenzija Zghazagh premises in St. Venera.
Hon Clifton Grima, Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sports and Voluntary Organisations today officially met for the first time representatives from all the sports organisations.
Dr. Grima declared that it is his pleasure to meet with the sports organisations and referred to the government’s commitment through SportMalta to improve the administration of sport organisations to correspond with the increasingly high standards of the sports sector in our country. He stated that for associations to become more professional it is necessary to strengthen the regulatory framework so that they achieve the appropriate level and as a result be awarded the accreditation deserved. In particular, he referred to the quality of the structure within which organisations operate and the services offered. The Parliamentary Secretary emphasised on the importance that SportMalta and the associations work hand in hand for the ultimate common goal of enriching sports in general. He referred to several projects launched by SportMalta with the unique aim of assisting associations.
During the meeting presentations about the requirements by SportMalta for registration purposes, the need to maintain the minimum standards in the organisations’ statutes as well as the procedures for submission of documents to SportMalta were made.
Financial grants were distributed during the ceremony to associations, clubs and individual athletes so that 316,000 euros have already been allocated since the beginning of this year so far. Altogether 20 athletes and 27 associations benefited from financial aids to date during this second ceremony out of four that SportMalta holds every year.
Federation Committee members were invited to and attended a stakeholders' meeting organised by Life Bahar for N2K at Hexagon House on the 4th July 2017.
The purpose of this meeting was to inform key stakeholders about the results of the LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project and the way forward in regard to declaring new potential Marine Protected Areas for Malta, so they can engage and contribute to the discussions on the project outcomes and future implementation.
Membri mill-ezekuttiv tal-Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta
kellhom laqgha mas-Segretarju Parlamentari Roderick Galdes illum 5 t’April 2017. Waqt din il-laqgha il-Federazzjoni esprimiet it-thassib taghha fuq dawn l-affarijiet:
Dwar l-ewwel punt is-Segretarju Parlamentari qal li ser jaghmel l-ahjar li jista biex il-komunikazzjoni bejn id-Dipartiment tas-Sajd u l-Federazzjoni titjieb.
Dwar it-tieni punt is-Segretarju Parlamentari qal li dan il-Bill ghadu abbozz u ser jikkunsidra l-amenda ghalih kif proposta mill-Federazzjoni. Dan ifisser li il-Federazzjoni ser tibqa bid-dritt li tinnomina membri fuq il-format il-gdid tal-Kunsill tas-Sajd.
Dwar it-tielet punt is-Segretarju Parlamentari tana assigurazzjoni li ma hi ser tiddahhal l-ebda legislazzjoni fuq sajd rekreattiv apparti dawk il-mizuri li jistghu ikunu imponuti minn Direttivi ta l-Unjoni Ewropea.
Il-Federazzzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta zammet il-Laqgha Generali Annwali ghas-sena 2017 fis-sala tal-Kumpless Sportiv tal-Kottonera nhar il-Hadd 2 t’April 2017 fl-ghaxra ta filghodu.
Ghal din il-Laqgha Generali Annwali kienu mistiedna is-sajjieda dilettanti kollha anke dawk li ma humiex membri ta xi Ghaqda affiljata mal-Federazzjoni. Dwar dan il-Federazzjoni ghamlet avvizi kemm fuq il-Website taghha kif ukoll fuq il-Pagna taghha ta Facebook. Barra minhekk irreklamat din il-laqgha anke fuq Pagni ta Facebook ta Gruppi Ohra li ghandhom xjaqsmu ma sajd rikreattiv. Kullhadd kien mistieden peress li l-Federazzjoni kienet se taghti informazzjoni fuq suggerimenti ta regolamentazzjoni / ristrezzjonijiet fuq sajd rikreattiv li gew diskussi bejn ufficjali mid-dipartiment tas-Sajd u ufficcjali mill-Koperattivi tas-Sajd. Barra min hekk il-Federazzjoni kienet ser taghti informazzjoni fuq suggerimenti li saru mill-Marsaxlokk Artisinal Fishers. Ghal din il-laqgha kien hemm rispons tajjeb hafna u kien hemm attendenza ta aktar minn mitt sajjied dilettant.
Il-President fetah il-Laqgha b’talba u indirizz qasir fejn semma fil-qosor l-attivitajiet principali li l-Federazzjoni kellha matul l-ahhhar tnax il-xahar.
Imbaghad kien imiss lis-Segretarju tal-Federazzjoni biex jaqra il-minuti ta l-ahhar Laqgha Generali Annwali li gew approvati minn membri prezenti. Is-Segretarju imbaghad ghadda biex jaqra ir-rapport amministrattiv ghas-sena 2016 / 2017, fejn ta aktar informazzjoni dettaljata ta l-attivitajiet ta matul l-ahhar sena kif ukoll ta xi tibdil li kien hemm fil-kumitat tal-Federazzjoni.
Is-segretarju imbaghad ghadda biex ta dettalji ta xi tibdil propost fl-abboz tall-Bill 190 li jirrigwarda il-format tal-Kunsill tas-Sajd il-Gdid. Hu qal li ir-rapprezentant tal-Federazzjoni fuq il-Bord tas-Sajd ser jigbed l-attenzjoni li fil-format il-gdid tal-Kunsill il-Federazzjoni kienet ser titlef id-dritt li tinnomina raprezentant taghha u ghalhekk qara l-ammenda li ser titressaq minn naha tal-Federazzjoni ghall-abbozz tal-Bill.
Is-segretarju tal-Federazzjoni imbaghad qara l-ammendi li membri tal-Kumitati tal-Koperattivi issuggerew ghal-ftehim li kien intalahaq mis-sotto kumitat tal-Bord tas-Sajd lura fis-sena 2012 / 2013. Is-segretarju tal-Federazzjoni qal li l-Federazzjoni ser topponi bil-qawwa kollha dawn l-ammendi li ser jitressqu waqt il-laqgha tal-Bord tas-Sajd li kellha issir fis 7 t’April 2017 u dan ghaliex il-ftehim li intlahaq lura fl 2012 / 2013 kien iffirmat ukoll minn raprezentant tal-koperattivi. Is-Segretarju tal-Federazzjoni qara ukoll proposti li qed isiru mill-Marsaxlokk Artisnal Fishers kontra is-sajjied dilettant u li ikomplu jaghmlu il-posizzjoni tas-sajjied rikreazjonali aktar gravi jekk dawn ir-regolamenti ikollhom jigu approvati.
Wara dawn l-interventi minn naha tal-Federazzjoni inghata ic-cans lill-dawk prezenti biex jaghmlu mistoqsijiet u suggerimenti biex il-Federazzjoni tkun f’posizzjoni li tressaq kaz ahjar ghas-sajjied dilettant waqt il-laqgha tal-Bord tas-Sajd.
Il-Laqgha intemmet ghal habta ta nofs in-nhar.
Aktar ritratti tal-Laqgha Generali Annwali jinsabu hawn.
The Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta held its Annual General Meeting for 2017 at the main hall of the Cottonera Sports Complex on Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 10:00 hrs.
The Federation invited all recreational fishermen for this Annual General Meeting, even those recreational fishermen who are not members of any of the Associations that are affiliated with the Federation. The Federation advertised this on its Website as well as on its Facebook Page. Besides the Federation also advertised this invitation on other Facebook Pages that belong to Groups targeting recreational fishermen. The Federation decided to invite all recreational fishermen because during the meeting it was going to reveal amendments to the format of the Fisheries Council proposed in the draft of Bill 190, as well as the amendments to the report prepared by a sub committee of the Fisheries Board way back in 2012 / 2013 regulating the recreational sector. This report was agreed to by all members of the sub committee including a representative of the Fishermen Coooperatives. These amendments were proposed by members of the committees of the Fishermen Cooperatives during a meeting with officials of the Fisheries Department. This meeting was held in December 2016. Besides the Federation also intended to give details about certain proposals that were being put forward by the Marsaxlokk Artisinal Fishers regarding the regulation and restrictions of the recreational sector. The attendance to the Federation Annual General Meeting was very good and infact over 100 recreational fishermen attended.
The President of the Federation opened the meeting with a short prayer and an opening speech highlighting in brief the main activities of the Federation during the last twelve months.
The Federation secretary then read the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting and these were approved by members of the associations present. The Federation secretary then read the administrative report for the year 2016 / 2017 giving details of the activities held by and attended to by the Federation, as well as the changes to the Federation Committee that happened during the last year.
The Federation secretary then gave details about the proposed changes in the draft Bill 190 regarding the format of the new Fisheries Council being proposed. These changes are going to prevent the Federation from the right of nominating representatives to the proposed Council, a right that the Federation has as per article 5 of Chapter 425 of the Laws of Malta. The secretary read out an amendment that the Federation was going to present to the Fisheries Board regarding this issue.
The Federation secretary then read out the amendments to the proposed regulations for recreational fishing, that had been agreed upon by all stakeholders, including a representative of the Fishermen Cooperatives way back in 2012 / 2013. These latest amendments were proposed by the Fishermen Cooperatives during a meeting held with Fisheries Department Officials in December 2016. The Federation made it very clear that it will be opposing these amendments at all costs during the Fisheries Board Meeting to be held on Friday 7th April 2017 and during which these amendments were to be discussed.
The Federation secretary also read out certain regulations and restrictions on recreational fishermen being proposed by the Marsaxlokk Artisinal Fishers and which were going to be discussed during the same Fisheries Board Meeting, and which would further jeopardiise the position of the recreational sector.
After these interventions by the Federation President and secretary, the floor was invited to ask questions and put forward suggestions so that the Federation would be in a better position to make its stand during the Fisheries Board Meeting of the 7th April 2017.
The meeting came to an end at around noon.
More photos of the Annual General Meeting can be seen here.
Fit-23 ta’ Marzu 2017 10.30 ta’ filghodu saret Laqgha fil- Hexagon House, Spencer Hill, Marsa bejn:
ERA: Stevens Darren, Miraine Rizzo, Sarah Camilleri u zewg ufficajli ohra.
Federazzjoni Sajjieda Dilettanti: Joe Muscat, Renzo Cilia, Melchiore Ellul, Kenneth Bartolo, Reno Falzon, Joe Carabott Damato.
MAF: Martin Caruana u Emanuel Caruana
Zewg rappresentanti ta’ Hooked on Fishing.
Is-Sur Darren Stevens fetah il-laqgha fejn qal li dan l-esercizzju huwa program ta’ mizuri godda dwar Direttiva Ewropeja 2008/56
Gew ippresentati slides dwar kif dan il-program qed jithejja. Hemm tliet setturi li huma:
Studju ta’ l-istat tal-ambjent u miri li wiehed irid jilhaq,
Program ta’ misuri.
Dwar il-program ta’monitoragg gew stipulati hdax is-settur kif gie reportat lill-kummissjoni Ewropea.
Is-Sinjura Miraiane Rizzo qalet li kienet se tibghat kopja ta’dan id-dokument via email lill-ghaqdiet presenti.
Wara saret diskussjoni u proposti minn dawk prezenti.
Is-Sur Martin Caruana (MAF) qal li dak li qed jigi msejjah “Sajd Xjentifiku” jigifieri sajd b-metodu ta’tkarkir ghal skop ta’ricerka huwa esempju ta’ abbuz ghaliex ma tistax tohloq herba biex taghmel ricerka. Is-Sur Darren Stevens wiegeb li din hija metodologija li tintuza madwar id-dinja u mhiex direttiva tad-Dipartiment tas-Sajd. Apparti minn dan jezistu mizuri sabiex il-hsara tkun minima.
Is-Sur Martin Caruana qal li rigward l-iskart, Sajjieda jarmu l-bahar l-kaxxi (kartun u plastic) tal-liska vojta li jistaw jaghmlu hsara kif lill-ambjent u hlejjaq ohra bhal fkiren. Hu zied li skart jista jingabar minn fejn il-kurrentijiet tal-bahar ifformaw dak il-fil ta’ bahar fejn jingabar hafna skart. Dan l-iskart jista jingabar permezz ta’xibka.
Kumment iehor kien dwar id-dawl esagerat li juzaw bastimenti kbar bil-lampara ghas-sajd ta’ klamari u kavalli. Konsegwenza ta’ dan jizdied il Fishing Effort. Qed issir hsara kbira ukoll biex tingabar liska ghall-fishfarms. It-talba hija ta’ 30 tonellata kuljum. Ir-rappresentant ta’ MAF kompla fuq sajd bix-xbieki. Hu qal li dari sajjied kien jitfa min hamsa sa sebgha bicciet ta’ xbiek, izda illum bastimenti kbar ikalaw hamsin bicca b'rizultat li xbiek ikunu il-bahar erbgha u ghoxrin siegha.
Saru kummenti ohra dwar il-hsara li jaghmlu l-ankri u l-ktajjen tal-vapuri l-kbar fuq Hurd Bank u s-sikka il-bajda. Is-Sur Darren Stevens qal li barra dawk wiehed irid jara anki dawk ta’ madwar il-kosta specjalment fis-sajf. Kemm il darba ma l-ankra jittella ammont ta’ posedonia.
Wara s-Sur Darren Stevens flimkien ma l-ufficjali l-ohra qal li aktar il-quddiem ikun hermm iktar tahdidiet u rringrazzja lil dawk presenti ghall-attendenza u participazzjoni taghhom u ghalaq is-seduta ghal habta ta’ nofs in-nhar.
Federation Committee members attended a meeting with two officials from ERA re the Marine Strategy Framework Directive on Thursday 12th January 2017. During this meeting points that effected fishing activities only were discussed. During the meeting other points not related to fishing activities or marine activities were not entered into. This directive covers a lot of other activities. Federation committee members highlighted various points that are affecting the marine environment such as the damage being done by ancorage of vessels on Sikka il-Bajda and also the environmental damage being caused by tuna penning activities in areas very close to shore. During the meeting the Federation was also invited to attend a public consultation meetimg which was to be held on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at Hexagon House in Blata-l-Bajda.
Federation committee members attended the Public Consultation meeting held on Wednesday 18th January 2017 as per the invitation received from MEUSAC.
The consultation session, organised by MEUSAC, in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change (MSDEC) and the Environment Resources Authority (ERA), was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the offices of the ERA on the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive which sets a number of goals to maintain a good environmental status.
Ms Miraine Rizzo from the ERA, who gave a presentation, explained that a new deliverable is being introduced, that is the programme of measures to maintain a good environmental status.
“Environment-related targets were always there along with monitoring programmes aimed at assessing the marine environment but a programme of measures is now in place,” she said.
The measures are as follows:
• Member States shall, in respect of each marine region or sub-region concerned, identify the measures which need to be taken in order to achieve or maintain good environmental status, as determined pursuant to Article 9(1), in their marine waters.
• Those measures shall be devised on the basis of the initial assessment made pursuant to Article 8 (1) and by reference to the environmental targets established pursuant to Article 10 (1)
• Member States shall integrate the measures into a programme of measures taking into account relevant measures required under community legislation (WFD, UWWT, BWQ)
• Programme of measures shall include spatial protection measures, contributing to coherent and representative networks of marine protected areas.
Issues in relation to the measures include anchoring as a pressure on seabed habitats, environmental concerns in permitting of offshore activity, fisheries in Marine Protected Areas, Interactions of fisheries with species, pressures from light and noise on seabirds, reptiles and mammals, improvement of data collection processes, removal of accumulated litter, fishing gear, among others.
However, a number of attendees called for a better monitoring system to be introduced to assess emissions from ships, especially with the ever increasing number of cruise liners entering our waters.
“We have done well treating sewage in line with the Barcelona Convention but we need to follow suit when it comes to monitoring contaminants in our seas as a result of ships and cruise liners and enhance existing regulations.”
As a signatory to the Barcelona Convention, Malta is committed to comply with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.
Mr Darrin Stevens from the ERA said that the authority is presenting the measures but certain issues fall under remit of other entities.
As a signatory to the Barcelona Convention, Malta is committed to comply with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.
Mr Darrin Stevens from the ERA said that the authority is presenting the measures but certain issues fall under remit of other entities.
The presentation given by Ms Miraine Rizzo during the consultation meeting can be viewed here.
Detailed information about the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the various reports being prepared can be viewed here.
Federation Committee members attended a one day seminar about Support Measures for Small Scale Fishing on Saturday 7th January 2017.
The event took place at Triq l-Imdina in Qormi at the hall of the Koperattivi Malta. The event gathered more than one hundred (100) attendees. The vast the majority of them were small scale fishermen. The fishermen had the chance to get to together, discuss and debate about the representation problems at both local and European level. Among the speakers there were representatives of the Mediterannean Advisory Council, the Low Impact Fisheries Organisation, Europeche, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in Malta and country representatives of Cyprus and Ireland who shared their experiences. Among the local speakers there were the two fisheries associations and representatives of other representation initiatives and other relevant EU projects that are taking place in Malta aiming to support the fishermen in this regards. The event was organised by the AquaBioTech Group team and moderated by Dr. Simeon Deguara.
More information about the event can be found here.
The Federation held its Annual Christmas Lunch for members of the affiliated associations and their families and friends at the Alexandra Hotel, St Julians on Tuesday 13th December 2016.
More photos here.
Il-Federazzjoni organizzat l-ikla annwali tal-Milied ghall-membri ta l-Ghaqdiet affiljati u l-familji u l-hbieb taghhom, fil-lukanda Alexandra San Giljan nhar it-Tlieta 13 ta Dicembru 2016.
Aktar ritratti hawn.
A meeting was held between executive members of the Federation committee and officials from the Fisheries Department on May 9th 2016.
Isues discussed were:
A) Use of “Imrejkba” by recreational fishermen.
After a short discussion the Director noted that “imrejka” must be considered as a fishing gear needing a license for use. He added that certain parameters as prohibition of use within swimming zones, closing navigation pathways and length fishing line have to be set.
The Federation representative agreed provided that the conditions are discussed with the Federation prior to implementation.
B) Use of MFA / MFB vessels for swimming activity.
After an introductory discussion by Federation Secretary, the Director noted that MFA and MFB are commercial vessels for use as Fishing Vessels and cannot be used for other activities. He added that for swimming purposes owners of such registered boats can use their vessels provided that all fishing gear is removed from aboard. The Federation Secretary asked whether a winch has to be removed as well. The Director noted that provided no nets or long lines are aboard the removal of the winch is not needed.
Federation representatives agreed.
C) No body can navigate on a specific vessel in absence of Boat Registered Captain.
Federation Secretary said that the Fisheries Department can register other persons together with the owner provided that certain criteria are submitted. He added that the objection arises with the new captain / skipper when he has to produce an ETC certificate of employment. The Director said that in case of MFA/MFB apart from other documents, a contract / agreement of employment between owner and master/skipper is accepted by the Fisheries Directorate.
D) Recreational Draft Regulations
The Federation Secretary noted that about three years ago a subcommittee of the Fisheries Board formed by Fisheries Officials, Legal Fisheries Officer, Cooperative and recreational representative together with MTA, AFM and TM representatives after several meetings produced a signed Recreational Regulatory Document which was presented to the Director to be discussed on the Fisheries Board. He added that unfortunately the document seems to be shelved and was never on the Fisheries Board Agenda. The Director said that he will go through this document and will discuss the issue. Federation President added that if need arises he will produce a copy of this document.
E) Registration of Fish Catches.
The Federation Secretary said that there is confusion amid Fishermen as to the registration of fish catches. Following a discussion the Director said that he will forward the relevant document to the Federation Secretary.
F) Designated Port in Gnejna.
Mr. Reno Falzon, Federation representative and fisherman at Gnejna, brought up the problem of Swordfish fishermen in view of registering their catches. The nearest designated port is Imtarfa which is at an average of three hours to go and come back provided in good sea conditions. Mr. Falzon asked for the possibility that Gnejna becomes a designated port for Swordfish. The Director explained that due to lack of information of catches from the area he cannot set Gnejna as a designated Port for Swordfish. He suggested that if Gnejna Fishermen for one year register their catches in a designated Port than the Fisheries Directorate considering the catch will be able to nominate Gnejna as a Designated Port.
Members of the Federation's committee were invited and attended to the first National Sports forum organised by Sportmalta.
SportMalta, both as national provider and regulator of sports organised the first edition of the National Sport Forum on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of April 2016. The event acted as a platform in preparation for the Malta Presidency of the Council of European Union in the first semester of 2017.
Over 450 participants participated in the National Sport Forum. Both local and foreign sports experts delivered very important speeches and presentations.
The Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta was invited by the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, to a certificate presentation ceremony to all particpants, organisers, administrators and officials of over 100 sport organisations who were part of the Solidarjeta bl-iSport Campaign 2015 in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund.
The presentation ceremony was held on the 14th January 2016 at San Anton Palace.
The Federation organised its Xmas Lunch for members of the affiliated associations and their families and friends, today 13th December 2015. The lunch was held at "Il-Fanal" restaurant in Marsaskala.
All the profit from this social event doubled up by the same amount from Federation funds will be donated to the Malta Community Chest Fund through the Solidarjeta bl'iSport initiative.
More photos can be viewed here.
Il-Federazzjoni organizzat l-ikla tal-Milied ghall-membri ta l-Ghaqdiet affiljati u l-familji u l-hbieb taghhom, illum 13 ta Dicembru. L-ikla saret fir-restaurant "Il-Fanal" go Marsaskala.
Il-qliegh kollu min din l-attivita mizjud ma l-istess ammont mahrug mill-fondi tal-Federazzjoni ser jinghata lill- Malta Community Chest Fund permezz ta l-Organizzazjoni Solidarjeta bl'iSport.
Ara aktar ritratti hawn.
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) invited the Federation to send representatives to the Second Stakeholder Seminar held as part of the LIFE BaĦAR for Natura 2000 project (LIFE12 NAT/MT/000845). The aim of this project is to identify new marine protected areas and to designate them as Sites of Community Importance to form part of the Natura 2000 Network. The project focus is primarily on reefs, sandbanks and sea caves, which marine benthic habitats are listed in Annex I of the Habitats Directive and that are present in Maltese waters.
The seminar's main aims were to develop and exchange knowledge between different local stakeholders, and an opportunity to learn about the research carried out and to present participating stakeholders' suggestions and ideas. The focus of this seminar was on the 2015 LIFE BaĦAR survey findings and the next steps in 2016. The seminar was held on Monday 30th November 2015, at 14.00 hrs in the MEPA Boardroom, St. Francis Ravelin, Floriana.
A presentation was given by Dr Leyla Knittweis-Mifsud from the University of Malta – Department of Biology who, together with her colleague Dr Julian Evans, participated in the 2015 marine surveys led by Oceana, and provided their expertise and support. The presentation gave an overview of the 2015 LIFE BaĦAR Project Survey Expedition, past research, anthropogenic impacts observed during the expedition, as well as future work in 2016. Please find presentation here.
Following the presentation, views were shared on potential areas of interest for the 2016 surveys, as well as feedback on anthropogenic impacts relating to marine habitats, in particular impacts from diving (in caves) and from discarded fishing gear (benthic habitats).
Representatives from Transport Malta (Ports and Yachting Directorate), the Professional Diving Schools Association, Atlam Diving Club, Birdlife Malta, University of Malta (Department of Geography), and the Federation of Amateur Fishing Associations (Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta) participated in the stakeholder seminar, together with representatives from project partners MEPA, University of Malta-Department of Biology, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture within MSDEC.
The Federation organised two short seminars for particiapting affiliated associations' members who took part in the biotic data collection for sightings of Turtles and Dolphins while out at sea. The data collected was for the Life+ Migrate Project undertaken by MEPA.
The two seminars were held on the 24th and 25th August 2015 at the Cottonera Sports Complex. The seminars were addressed by Ms. Carmen Mifsud and Mr Nicholas Cassar from MEPA. The first seminar focused on the description and ways to identify the various turtle species that are found in the Mediterranean. During the second seminar Ms. Carmen Mifsud gave detailed descriptions and ways to identify the various types of dolphins that one may encounter while out at sea in the Mediteranean.
At the end of the second seminar a small reception was held for the participating members. (See more photos here)
The Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta attended for the Official Launch of the Solidarjeta bl-iSports 2015 campaign. The launch was held at San Anton Gardens under the auspices of the President of Malta.The Federation secretary Dr. Joe Carabott Damato was chosen as the ambassador for the recreational and sport fishing sector.
After having launched the Webcheck for Sports initiative way back in September 2014, all participating associations and federations had a one to one meeting with a consultant, during which meeting the associations / federations gave details of their online presence.
Having finished this stage, the Malta Communications Authority in collaboration with the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport organised a meeting on Saturday 28th March 2015 at the Excelsior Hotel to present the findings of the survey.
The Federation was invited to and attended this seminar which lasted for about three hours.
A copy of the presentation can be found at:
The Federation organised its Christmas Buffet Lunch at the Plaza Hotel in Sliema on Sunday 14th December 2014.
About sixty members from the various member Associations attended for the event.
More photos of the event can be viewed here.
Questions and Answers Session at Kalkara School.
One of the teachers at the Kalkara Primary School, Ms Gail Delia, wrote to the Federation to see if it is possible for the Federation to attend to a session of Questions and Answers for Year 5 Students about fishing in Malta.
These questions put forward by the students were mainly about the various types of fishing boats used, the various type of tools and equipment used by the Fishermen and also about the problems and hardships that the fishermen encountered during their work.
The Federation accepted this request and two members of the executive committee, namely Dr. Joe Carabott Damato and Tony Cauchi attended for the session on Monday 17th November 2014. The session lasted from 10:30am to noon and it proved to be a very successful event both for the students as well as for the Federation. Infact had it not ben for the intervention of the teachers, the session would probably have been longer.
The Federation was invited to and attended the Press Conference during which the Sports WebCheck Initiative was launched at the Kirkop Sports Complex on Thursday 11th September 2014.
The award ceremony for the winners of the Federation Alungi Competition 2014 was held at the Bocci Drone Hall of the Cottonera Sports Complex on Thursday 31st July 2014.
The prizes for the competition were made up of 8 trophies for the first placed eight individual participants, three commemorative plaques for the first three placed clubs whose members caught the highest average weight per participating club member, and also a trophy for the participant who caught the biggest Alunga (Albacore Tuna) and the participant who caught the biggest other Fish (This year it was a 25Kg+ Blue Fin Tuna).
The president of the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta opened the evening with a short speech mentioning the various higlights of the organisation of the competition. He also mentioned the amount of work done by all the organising committee and all the helpers involved, especially the dedication shown by the competition director Dr. Joe Carabott Damato. It was also mentioned that the last part of this year’s competition was given good exposure by one of the main local television stations.
Dr Joe Carabott Damato, the Federation Secretary and Competition Director, then followed with a short speech whereby he thanked all the sponsors and other companies / shop outlets / individuals who donated prizes and donations towards the event. He also thanked all the participants who took part in the competition as well as all the helpers who gave all the necessary help whenever this was asked for.
The presentation of the prizes then followed. The first prizes to be awarded were the three commemorative plaques to the first three placed clubs, Ghaqda Komunitarja tas-Sajd Marsamxett, Ghaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Bugibba and Ghaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Gzira. This was followed by the presentation of the trophies to the first placed eight individual winners. The participant who caught the biggest alunga was then presented with a trophy, followed by the winner of the biggest other fish who was presented with a trophy. For the first time, mementoes were also presented to all the skippers of the participating boats as well as to all the members of the organising committee and all the helpers involved in the logistics of the competition.
The president and secretary of the Federation then presented a cheque for €3770 to Notary Tonio Spiteri, the president of the Fondazzjoni San Pietru, who thanked the Federation for having organised the competition in aid of the Fondazzjoni San Pietru. He also thanked all the sponsors and all the companies / shop outlets / individuals who helped to make the event a success. He also thanked all the helpers for their dedicated input.
This was followed by a lottery for the various prizes donated by the various sponsors of the competition. There were 30 prizes in all, and these consisted of various fishing rods, lures, life jackets, vouchers for dinners for two, vouchers from various outlets, baits and ground baits and other fishing tackle. All those present for the award ceremony could participate in the lottery and all proceeds from the lottery went to further increase the amount donated to Fondazzjoni San Pietru.
The evening then proceeded with a small reception for all those present. This was held at the Bar Area of the Cottonera Sports Complex and the adjoining terrace.
The Federation organised the Federation Alungi Competition 2014 on the 6th July 2014. This competition, locally known as Kompetizzjoni ghall- Alungi (Fishing Competition for Albacore Tuna), has recently almost became an annual event. Originally this competition was started by the late Alfred Bonavia who was the president of the Ghaqda Komunitarja tas-Sajd Marsamxett and also the first president of the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta This year's event was held in aid of the St. Peter Foundation, a local NGO which buys fish at favourable prices, processes it into fish portions and distributes these portions free of charge to about 33 different charitable institutions and old age homes on a monthly basis.
For this year’s competition a new regulation was added to the normal regulations whereby all participating boats could only keep up to three fish from the fish they caught. The remaining fish were to be donated to the Federation for onward donation to St. Peter’s Foundation. Infact just over 70 fish were given to St. Peter’s Foundation through the application of this rule.
The number of participants in this year's event amounted to 52 boats with about 170 crew members. The mostly sought area for fishing is an area covering about 600 square miles in the south west of the island, an area further out of the small island of Filfla. There were two departure points for the boats, with about 47 boats starting off from just outside Birzebbuga port and another 5 boats starting off from Bugibba. The boats were divided into four groups according to their maximum speed. Vetting of the boats took place between 03:15 hrs hrs and 04:15 hrs. The boats were then taken out to the departure point just outside Birzebbuga port by a supporting boat for each group, the slowest boats being taken out first. All groups had started off on the competition by 05:30 am. The permissible fish for the competition were Albacore Tuna, Blue Fin Tuna (up to one per boat, with each tuna weighing at least 30 kilos or being at least 115 cm in length), Skipjack Tuna. Pastardella and Lampuki (Dolphin Fish / Dorado). Winners were judged firstly on the number of fish caught with the total weight being taken into consideration for those winners having the same number of fish. There was also a prize for the biggest Alunga (Albacore Tuna) and also a prize for the biggest other fish. In this year’s edition of the competition the Federation also introduced three prizes (plaques) for the clubs / associations formimg part of the Federation, which placed first, second and third place taking into consideration the average weight per the club’s participating boats. (Total weight caught by the club’s participating boats divided by the number of boats)
The weather proved to be favourable with a maximum wind speed of about 9 knots. The catches were very good with a total of 136 fish caught having a total weight of just under 961 kilos. The biggest fish caught was a blue fin tuna weighing 25.06 kilos (120 cms long) with the biggest albacore tuna weighing 13.38 kilos. The winner managed to catch a total of 18 fish weighing a total of 115.36 kilos., with the second best catching a total of 14 fish weighing a total of 88.54 kilos and third best catching 11 fish weighing a total of 85.3 kilos.
The Federation was invited to a one full day conference about Jellyfish
Proliferation and Mitigation. The subject covered was the
Monitoring and Management of Jellyfish blooms for our Fisheries,
Aquaculture and Maritime Industries. This was held at the
Intercontinental Malta Hotel on Friday 23rd May 2014.
The conference was organised by the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science of the Iniversity of Malta.
The programme for the day was as follows:
The Federatiom today attended its second meeting with officials from the Fisheries department to discuss the parameters for the issue of licences for Blue Fin Tuna fishing by amateur fishermen. The amateur fishermen were being represented by the Federation executive committee members and by a member from the Malta Fishing Forum.
It seems that with the Fisheries Department there is full agreement re the parameters for the licences, except for the quota being allocated to amateur fishermen. The quota is definitely going to be higher than last year, but the amateur fishermen representatives are still waiting for an answer re their last proposed quota.
As regards the regulations, these are going to be the same as last year. The Federation offered to help the Fisheries Department in collecting the applications from those interested in applying. Therefore all applicants (residing in Malta) will be able to send their applications either to the Federation representative or otherwise direct to the Fisheries Department. Gozitan applicants will be able to apply directly with the Fisheries Department. Further details will be given at a later stage when all arrangements have been done with the Fisheries Department.
The Federation was invited to attend a Press Conference during which the finalists for the various spoort categories were to be announced. The Prresident of the Federation attended this event which was held at the Marsa Golf Club.
The finalists in all categories of the first edition of the awards “Ġieħ l-Isport Malti”, organized by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sports, together with the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport were announced during this Press Conference.
Parliamentary Secretary Buontempo expressed his satisfaction that this innovative event is one where sports clubs will vote to reward top sports officials and teams. He said that despite the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport's financial difficulties, the Government funded €1 million assistance to sports organizations. The Government is doing its utmost so that the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSports becomes financially sustainable.
He said that sports organizations should become partners with the Government so that in the future it will be the sporting organizations themselves that organise such sports events that have hitherto been organized by the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport.
Dr Buontempo thanked sports organizations for their commitment to make sport in our country grow and said that the aim of government is for our country to become more professional in sport. This will be done through scholarships awarded specifically in sports.
Luciano Busuttil, Chairman of the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport, said that this year the event will be costing much less than in previous years, so that the money can be invested in athletes and sports. He went on to say that this is a celebration of sport and although only one winner will be declared, everyone is a winner. He ended his speech by encouraging athletes to continue to demonstrate their commitment to always make the maltese flag fly high.
The final night of the awards of 'Gieh l-iSport Malti 'will be held on 15 March 2014 and will be televised live on TVM2. During the evening the jury composed of expert sports journalists from local leading media houses will vote live for the winner in each category.
The winner of Best Sportman and Best sportswoman With Special Needs will be announced during the final night. They will be selected by a panel of experts, set up separately to select athletes who deserve this honor.
The public will also be able to give its share now, once the six finalists to the 'National People's Choice Award have been chosen by federations and associations. Currently these six finalists are enjoying 60% of the final vote while the public will be voting for the remaining 40% through sms that can be sent to the numbers tied to each name. The televoting will remain open until the final evening and then the ultimate winner of this Award will be announced.
During the press conference all nominated athletes, teams and officials for the 'People's Choice Award' were presented with a certificate and will be included on the first 'Roll of Honour' of 'Gieh l-iSport Malti”.
The Bank of Valletta has always supported all different types of sports, including football, basketball, waterpolo, as well as other disciplines in the local scene such as tennis, golf and bowling. The Bank undertakes to further encourage sportsmen and help them have suitable facilities for their disciplines. It is therefore an honor for the Bank to be giving its support to the “Gieh Malti ghall-iSport..
MSV Life said they have always been at the forefront to promote and give their support to the Maltese talent in both sports as well as other areas such as art and music. Such events provide an excellent opportunity for Maltese Talents to be exhibited and rewarded and they are very happy indeed to be assocaited with this initiative.
Mr. Arthur Castillo, Director of the company Vascas and sponsors of the trophies said trophies will be awarded to all winners. These trophies are made from fine crystal glass and is a flagship product of the Slovenian company Rogaska Crystal.
Altogether 24 finalists in various categories were announced.
Best Sportswoman Award
Sue Abela (Malta Tenpin Bowling Association)
Eleonor Bezzina (Malta Shooting Sport Federation)
Joanne Attard (Malta Tenpin Bowling Association)
Best Sportsman Award
William Chetcuti (Malta Shooting Sport Federation)
Justin Caruana Scicluna (Malta Tenpin Bowling Association)
Daniel Zahra (Ying Yang Kickboxing Club)
Best Team Award
Men’s category (Malta Pool Association)
Men Senior National Waterpolo Team (Aquatic Sports Association of Malta)
Women’s National Football Team (Malta Football Association)
Best Young Sportsperson Award
Nathan Lee Xuereb (Malta Shooting Sport Federation)
Nicole Gatt (Malta Weightlifting Association and MAAA)
Suzanne Buttigieg (Malta Gymnastics Federation)
Best Coach Award
Pierre Brincat (Malta Football Association)
Karl Izzo (Aquatic Sports Association of Malta)
Jimmy Bugeja (Malta Shooting Sport Federation)
Best Official Award
Vincent Degiorgio (Malta Pool Association)
Edwin Vella (Malta Shooting Sport Federation)
Jesmond Caruana (Malta Weightlifting Association)
National People’s Choice Award
Rebecca Camilleri (MAAA): 50616721
William Chetcuti (Malta Shooting Sports Federation): 50616722
Mae Farrugia (Malta Gymnastics Federation): 50616723
Dermot Galea (Malta Triathlon Federation): 50616724
Dennis Thornton (Ghaqda Regatta Nazzjonali): 50616725
U/18 Women’s National Team (Malta Basketball Association): 50616726
The Federation attended a Press Conference held at the Cottonera Sports Complex during which details about the new format of the “Gieh l-Isport Malti 2013” were given. The event is scheduled for the 15th March 2014.
Mr Paul Stoner, chairperson of the organising committee, gave details of how the finalists, both athletes and officials, will be chosen. He also gave details about how the various associations / federations, the general public and the independent jury will be voting so that the best finalists will be awarded. Mr Stoner also said that winners will be given legacy awards by giving them the opportunity to further improve their ability in the sport that they practice by being sponsored for overseas training / events. They will also be given a memento on the Awards Night to be organised on the 15th March 2014 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.
Dr Luciano Busuttil, chairperson of the Kunsill Malti ghall-Isport said that these awards will be organised ensuring that no unnecessary costs are incurred.
The Federation organised its Christmas Buffet Dinner at the Plaza Hotel in Sliema on Friday 20th December 2013.
About sixty members from the various member Associations attended for the event.
More photos of the event can be viewed here.
The Federation took part in various thematic sessions of the First Regional Symposium on Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea held at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel between the 27th and 30th November 2013.
The Regional Symposium on Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea was organized by the GFCM in collaboration with the following partners:
The main objectives of the symposium were:
The symposium was made up of five thematic sessions as follows:
Thematic session I – Current situation of small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea: strategies and methodologies for an effective analysis of the sector
Thematic session II – Management and co-management options for small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea
Thematic session III – Integration of small-scale fisheries in marine protected areas (MPAs)
Thematic session IV – Enhancing small-scale fisheries value chains in the Mediterranean and Black Sea
Thematic session V – Setting up a regional platform to promote the implementation of the voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
The Federation was invited and attended to a consultation meeting held at the Cottonera Sports Complex on the 8th October 2013.
Parliamentary Secretary Buontempo said that the work of administrators, athletes, referees and coaches is priceless as through their dedication and personal sacrifice are attracting more people to practice sport. Sport Activity leads to a healthier society and is a vital tool in addressing the obesity problem.
The Federation took part in Fish Fest 2013 organised by the Fisheries Department at Marsaxlokk on Saturday 14th September 2013. The Federation brought up a stand displaying various fishing equipment, both traditional and modern, used by the recreational fishermen. The items on display were sponsored by various suppliers on the island who specialises in the provision of fishing equipment and tackle.
A selection of lures, fishing feeding mixes, fishing ground baits, a selection of rods and reels, other ancillary equipment such as landing nets, waders and fish live nets were sponsored by Mister Fish of Iklin. Fgura and Gzira.
A selection of safety and rescue equipment such as Life rings, Life Jackets for adults and children, Fog Horns, Flares and various types of fishing lines and lures and fishing reels were sponsored by Ernest Marine Centre of Marsaxlokk.
Angler Centre of Guardamangia sponsored a stand with four heavy duty reels.
Caruana Marine Centre of Zejtun sponsored a stand displaying a Base VHF Radio, GPS / Plotter and Fish Finder which were actually displaying their features in demo mode. They also sponsored a Mobile VHF radio and a set of Navigational Lights.
Audio Images of Birzebbugia and the Ghaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Bugibba sponsored two televisions. One of the televisions was continually displaying videos of the Federation activities and other fishing related activities and the other television was continually displaying a slideshow of fish found in maltese waters including their maltese names and a vast number of photos taken during the activities organised by the associations forming part of the Federation as well as catches by the various members.
The Ghaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Gnejna also provided us with an "IMREJKBA" a traditional maltese fishing equipment.
Tables and chairs used on the stand were sponsored by J.J. Ironmongery of Birzebbugia.
Special thanks goes to members from the Birzebbugia, Gzira, Gnejna, Sliema and Bugibba Associations for all the help provided for the setting up of the stand at Fish Fest 2013.
A set of photographs of this event can be seen at http://federazzjoni.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=15099032
Volunteers are being provided with specific training in order to allow them to record sightings effectively and this seminar is the beginning of this training to the general public. The data will be collected over three years and specific scientific surveys will also be carried out through the help of international experts from Spain. . Any information that sea-users can contribute will thus prove invaluable when it comes to monitoring the dolphin and turtle populations and drawing up conservation strategies.
Volunteers can contribute by providing Life+ with sightings of dolphins and turtles when they encounter these animals, including details of position, sea and wind state, and any other relevant information. This information may be sent to Life+ on [email protected] and/or emergency phone number: 99210404
The Federation was invited to attend a stakeholders meeting about the Natura 2000 sites found in the Rdumijiet (Cliffs) between Ramla ta Ghajn Tuffieha and Xaqqa and between Xaqqa and Ponta ta Benghisa. Members of the Federation Committee attended this workshop whiach was held on Tuesday 30th July 2013 at Dar Don Boscao of the Salesians at Dingli.
The site primarily constitutes Lower Coralline Limestone sea-cliffs of varying heights, from low sea-cliffs in the eastern side to high-rising ones to the western side. The area is known for a number of sea caves and valleys. Boulder screes with garrigue slopes are also present.
Some cliffs are often the steep banks of dry coastal valleys which discharge into the sea (e.g. Wied Babu) and are often also backed by extensive (by Maltese standards) garrigue communities and agricultural areas. Dominant species on the cliff ledges include the Shrubby Sea-blite and the National Plant, the Maltese Rock-centaury.
The cliffs and extensive rocky area offer an ideal habitat for two species of sea-bird populations, namely the Cory`s and Yelkouan Shearwaters. In addition, the valleys found within the cliffs are important feeding and resting places for migratory and wintering bird species.
The site is designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) and also falls within a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) – Candidate Site of International Importance. It is scheduled as an Area of Ecological Importance / Site of Scientific Importance (AEI / SSI). One of the valleys in the area, Wied Moqbol, has been designated as a Tree Protection Area. In addition, BirdLife Malta has listed the site as one of the Important Bird Areas of EU Importance.
The Federation was invited to, and attended a Press Release held at San Lucjan Tower Marsaxlokk during which the Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes launched an expression of Interest from the private sector for the design, manufacture and operation of a marine hatchery to be set up as a Private Public Partnership in the vicinity of San Lucjan Tower in Marsaxlokk.
The Parliamentary Secretary said that the governmernt would be providing the land and resources for the mentioned project and could possibly also aid in the acquisition of EU Funds.
The project’s site, which will be provided by the government, are two fields just next to Fort San Luċjan. The structures will be built underground, to reduce the visual impact on the fort. The fort will subsequently be vacated by the Malta Aquatic Research Centre according to Mr Galdes, it would then be restored and opened to the public. Mr Galdes said that after 25 years, the time had come for a larger, commercial facility, which would be better suited to meet the sector’s needs. Once it runs at full capacity, the new hatchery is expected to contribute €7 million annually to the economy, directly employs 69 full-time employees and lead to the indirect employment of a further 61.
Dr Robert Vassalo Agius, Head of Aquaculture Malta, also gave some historical and statistical information about the results achieved so far at the present hatchery.
The Federation was invited and
attended the final seminar held on the occasion of the closure of the MEDPAN
North Project. The project was approved
for funding under the MED programme in April 2010 and it was implemented over a
period of 3 years. The partnership was led by WWF France. The total budget
allocation for MEPA is €142,000, 15% of which was provided by MEPA as
Locally, MEPA’s participation in this project resulted in the following deliverables:
Six European countries bordering on the Mediterranean, namely France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Spain took part in the project. Within MEPA, this project was managed by the Ecosystems Management Unit, with assistance from the EU & Multilateral Affairs Unit.
The closing seminar was held at the Palace Hotel in Sliema on Wednesdat 26th June 2013.
More information about the MedPAN North Project can be found at http://medpan.org/en/mnp
The Federation was invited to attend a Public Meeting organised by Natura 2000 Malta during which workshop were discussed the Natura 2000 sites that fall within the Mellieha locality. Members from the Federation committee attended this workshop which was held on Wednesday 29th May 2013 at the Mellieha Primary school at 17:30 hrs.
The event included an
exhibition on the management planning process for Natura 2000 sites,
discussions, and interactive displays that allowed participants to
put forward their views and comments on the Natura 2000 sites within the
locality of Mellieha.
The Natura 2000 sites in Mellieħa are:
- L-Inħawi tar-Ramla tat-Torri u tal-Irdum tal-Madonna
- L-Inħawi tal-Għadira
- L-Inħawi tal-Imġiebaħ u tal-Miġnuna
- Il-Gżejjer ta’ Selmunett
- Wied il-Miżieb
- Rdumijiet ta’ Malta: Ramla taċ-Ċirkewwa sar-Ramla tal-Mixquqa
The Federation held its 2013 Annual General Meeting at the Glormu Cassar Hall of the Excelsior Hotel today the 5th of May 2013. This year’s AGM was open to ALL RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN including those who are not members of any of the Associations affiliated to the Federation. The Federation also invited the administrators of the Malta Fishing Forum, the Kingfisher Sport Fishing Association, the National Sport Federation Angling Malta, the Blue Sea Sport Angling Club and also the Malta Skin Divers Club. Inspite of the heavily advertised event, on the Federation Website, On the Federation’s Facebook Page, the Malta Fishing Forum Website and local printed Media, it is to be noted that regrettably the event was not very well attended.
The Federation was honoured by the presence of the Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Roderick Galdes and the newly appointed Fisheries Director General Dr Andreina Fenech Farrugia. Also present were two high ranking officials from the Fisheries Control Directorate Mr Frans Caruana and Mr Michael Mifsud.
The Federation President opened the meeting with a short introduction. The Parliamentary Secretary Mr Roderick Galdes then addressed those present, highlighting his views on the future of Fishing in Malta. He mentioned the challenges being faced and said that the proposed regulations for recreational fishing prepared by the sub committee of the fisheries board would be further evaluated and discussed by all the interested parties before actually being implemented.
Mr Nick Palmer Morewood from the Malta Fishing Forum highlighted that the Recreational Sector in Malta heavily contributes to the Boat Building Industry, Boat Importers and Engine Dealers, Marine Chandlers, Yard Storage Service, Insurance, Maintenance Services, Marine Electronics, Tackle Shops and all associated services, and that given the reduction in the commercial fishing fleet we now generate more income and spend more money than Commercial Fishers (always excluding Tuna Farming). This was unanimously agreed by the panel and I strongly highlighted that the Recreational Sector must therefore be given its due attention and importance
Unfortunately Mr Galdes had to leave after a while due to other commitments he had. The newly appointed Fisheries Director and the two FCD officials stayed on till the very end of the meeting.
The Federation Secretary then read the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting and also the Administrative Report for the year highlighting the various activities, meetings, conferences, seminars and social events attended to by the Federation. The minutes for last year’s Annual General Meeting were approved and seconded by members on the floor.
The Federation Treasurer then read the Financial Report for the year and this was also approved by members present on the floor.
Dr Joe Carabott Damato then read out the proposed new regulations and the floor was invited for their input, suggestions and discussions. Most of the new regulations seemed to be approved by the floor as there were no comments on them. Mr Joe Baldacchino from the Malta Fishing Forum highly criticised the Fisheries Control Directorate for suggesting Tracking Systems on all recreational Fishermen, suggesting the introduction of fishing zone for recreational fishermen and limitations in the number of days recreational fishermen are entitled to go out fishing. He strongly objected to the inclusion of these clauses in the Report for the proposed regulations. He also objected to the fact that long lines were being allowed for recreational fishermen as he said that the Malta Fishing Forum was against these being allowed. Another member from the floor, Jonathan, also argued that Deep Water long lines should not be limited to the 100 fathom limit. Dr Carabott highlighted the efforts put in by the Federation to acquire this depth as originally the representative of the commercial fishermen on the sub committee only wanted a limit of 50 metres. He further highlighted that recreational fishermen could use single lines with a number of hooks (hjut or xolfa) without any limits being involved.
Another point that cropped up was the booklet being issued with the renewals of the MFC permits and the inclusion of permitted fishing tackle and equipment on these same booklets. Dr. Carabott Damato explained and insisted that the booklet being issued had nothing to do with the proposed regulations as these were still at a discussion level and have not been implemented yet.
Mr Nick Palmer from the Malta Fishing Forum suggested that the permit for recreational fishing should be issued to the individual and not to the fishing vessel. He backed up this argument by saying that this was what was done in other Countries (mentioning Italy), the United Stated and also Australia.
Another member from the floor also asked about the fact that a representative of the commercial fishermen was part of the sub committee when this committee was proposing regulations for the recreational sector.
The regulations suggested for Blue Fin Tuna Fishing licences for recreational fishermen also formed an active part of the discussions. Main objections to these regulations included the fact that permit holders were obliged to inform Fisheries Control Directorate when going out fishing (even not for Blue Fin Tuna), the low quota allocated to recreational fishermen and the limited number of designated landing points for Blue Fin Tuna. The newly appointed Director said that the designated landing points for Blue Fin Tuna was an ICCAT requirement and the Department did not have the necessary resources to man more landing points on a 24/7 basis. The FCD officials confirmed that permit holders need not inform the Directorate when recreational fishermen were taking out their families for a swim or when they were not carrying on board the tackle considered to be tackle for Blue Fin Tuna fishing (line over 160 and the particular hook used for BFT fishing). As regards the quota allowed it was highlighted that the amount would be reconsidered anew next year if the reported catch this year improved over last year’s reported catch.
The meeting ended shortly before noon.
More photos available here.
Today the 25 th April 2013, members of the Federation Committee attended a meeting with representatives of the Fisheries Control Division to further discuss the regulations attached to the licences for Blue Fin Tuna Fishing by recreational fishermen between 16th June 2013 and 14th October 2013. Also present for the meeting there was a representative from the Malta Fishing Forum. It was agreed that the following regulations will apply.
The Federation will be holding its Annual General Meeting very shortly. The date, time and venue will be advised in the next few days.
This year the Annual General Meeting will be open to ALL RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN irrespective of whether they are members of any of our member associations or not. During this meeting the Federation will discuss the proposed regulations for recreational fishermen suggested by the sub committee of the Fisheries Board appointed in October 2012. The report prepared by this sub committee was presented to the Director of Fisheries in the middle of March so that it will be further discussed by the Fisheries Board once this is again reappointed.
The Federation Executive Committee Members paid a courtesy visit to the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Mr Roderick Galdes B.Plan., M.A.(ISSS.), M.A.C.P., M.P on Tuesday 26th March 2013. The Federation congratulated the parliamentary secretary on his appointment.
On Monday 25th March 2013 Federation representatives attended a meeting with Fisheries Control Officials regarding Blue Fin Tuna Recreational licences for 2013.
For better control of Blue Fin Tuna catches, the Fisheries Control Department is working on the following new system for Recreational Blue Fin Tuna licence.
Alongi, pastardella, dolphin fish (lampuka) and allied species do not fall under this licence and regulations.
Conditions of Licence:
The Federation will be attending further meetings with the Fishing Control Directorate once final dates have been set by the Fishing Directorate.
The Federation was invited and attended a stakeholder’s meeting of the launch of the Life+ Migrate Project, which was held at the Excelsior Hotel on the 12th February 2013.
The research programme is to be carried out on the bottlenose dolphin and the loggerhead turtle in a three-year, €1 million project that aims to conserve the two species. The extensive study will be undertaken by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.
Comprehensive data regarding these threatened species’ behavioural patterns and migratory routes is not readily available. Studies at sea are very expensive, laborious and require specialised equipment.
The funding for the study comes from this year’s allocation under the EU’s environment fund, known as LIFE+ Nature, and it is being co-financed by the Ministry for the Environment and Bank of Valletta. Mepa has also teamed up with Kai Marine Services, a Spanish marine conservation firm, which will contribute both financially and in terms of expertise.
Loggerhead turtles and of the bottlenose dolphins are protected by the EU legislation (the EC Habitats Directive) as well as numerous other multilateral agreements to which Malta is a party. In order to adequately protect these species, we first have to understand their status and gather knowledge on the type of habitat that may be essential for them, so that we can also protect their habitats, if present.
At the time being, there is a lack of comprehensive information regarding these species and any essential habitats in Malta; the project aims to try to close these knowledge gaps as much as possible, so as to find out more about their conservation status and any important areas for the continuation of their life cycle. The project should lead to the identification of such areas as potential feeding areas or important migratory routes, if these are found to be present, and the protection of such important sites.
More specifically the targets of this project are:
Although the main target species are those mentioned, any other important species which will be encountered through out the project will also be recorded.
Natura 2000 Sites Management Plans Meeting with Stakeholders held on 7th February 2013.
Representatives from the Federation as well as representatives from some individual associations forming part of the Federation were invited and attended a stakeholders meeting on the Management Plans now being prepared for Natura 2000 Terrestial Sites organised by MEPA. This meeting was held at the MEUSAC Offices in Valletta on the 7th February 2013. This meeting was one of a series of meetings currently being organised for the different stakeholders that might be interested in putting in their input for these management plans.
MEPA has contracted a consortium made up from foreign company Epsilon International SA and local company ADI Associates as well as local and international experts to formulate management plans / legislative frameworks for all Natura 2000 terrestrial sites in Malta. (34 sites in all comprising circa 42 square kilometres.) This project which is being partly being funded by EU funds will not address any of the other five marine Natura 2000 sites. The consortium will raise a media awareness campaign aimed at improving recognition of the Natura 2000 sites among the general public. EMCS has been appointed as Media Campaign organiser
The meeting was opened by Ms Nadia Suda Lanzon from MEPA. Then Mr Adrian Mallia from ADI Associates gave a detailed presentation of the purpose of this project as well as the way they intend to bring all the interested stakeholders on board. He also informed the stakeholders present that further meetings will be held even to discuss particular sites. Mr Kurt Formosa, from MEUSAC, also addressed the stakeholders present.
After the presentation various points were raised by the stakeholders present. One of the main points brought up was how did MEPA intend to enforce these management plans once these have been approved. Other stake holders highlighted problems that they were encountering during the carrying out of their activities such as eco tours, cliff climbing and tours to Natura 2000 sites.
Federation Committee members met representatives from ADI Associates and Ecoserve who have been awarded the tender for the setting up of an Underwater Trail in the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Rdum Majjiesa to Ras ir-Raħeb. The Federation has put in its input as an interested stakeholder. A MEPA representative was also present for the meeting. Amongst the committee members were members from the Gnejna Association. The meeting was held at the Cottonera Sports Complex on the 30th October 2012.
The project aims to set up Malta's first underwater trail, which can become a pilot project for similar interventions in other marine areas. The trail will serve an educational purpose, providing interesting information on the underwaterfeatures to interested snorkelers and SCUBA divers.
The MPA is designated as a Site of Community Interest (SCI) under the EU Habitats Directive. This was the first Maltese marine area to form part of the Natura 2000 Network. Apart from hosting various natural habitats and species, this MPA is also popular for recreational activities including swimming, diving and snorkelling. Diving activities, including snorkelling, need to be directed away from particularly sensitive areas to other, more resilient areas which still offer an interesting underwater experience. This will minimise the impacts on the marine environment.
This project is an initiative of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority and is financed by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) at a co-financing rate of 85% EU Funds; 15% National Funds.
Workshop by MRRA held on the 16th October 2012 at Mount St Joseph .
The Federation attended a workshop organised by Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd and E.M.C.S. Malta. These two companies have been appointed by the Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs (M.R.R.A.) to help in the process of applying for European Funds for the Fishing Industry for the period 2014 – 2020. The panel addressing the workshop was made up of Mr Tim Huntington (Poseidon Aquatics Resource Management Ltd), Mr. Ramon Muscat (E.M.C.S.), Mr. Paul Fenech Gonzi (M.R.R.A.) and Ms. Alicia Said (M.R.R.A.).
During the workshop a Strength, Weaknesses. Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis for the various sectors of the fishing industry in Malta was presented to the workshop participants. This initial analysis was the result of various meetings held between the 8th and 15th October 2012 with the major stakeholders of the Industry in Malta. The main reason for this workshop was for this initial analysis to be further updated with the input from all the stakeholders that were invited to this workshop.
A SWOT analysis was presented for the four main types of fishing, namely Long liners, Trawlers, Artisan Boats and Recreation fishing. A discussion followed after the SWOT analysis was presented for all these types of fishing.
The speakers then followed with a SWOT analysis on Aquaculture in Malta. There was a discussion about the analysis presented once the speakers had finished their analysis about this sector.
The meeting then followed with a SWOT analysis of the Fishing resources and Fishing Management in Malta. Again this was followed by discussions from the floor once the SWOT analysis had been presented by the speakers.
The speakers then explained the main characteristic of the European Fishing Fund for the period 2014 – 2020.
The Federation asked for a copy of the Meeting’s presentation once this has been updated with the input that came from the floor. A copy of the presentation can be viewed or downloaded from here.
Meeting with Consultants from Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd.
On the 8th October 2012 the federation exeutive committee members met with consultants from Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd (P.A.R.M.) at the Cottonera Sports Complex. These consultants have been appointed by the Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs to help in the preparation of EU Maritime and Fisheries programs for the period 2014 – 2020. Mr Frank Abela (President), Dr. Joe Carabott Damato(Secretary) and Mr Tony Cauchi (Treasurer) from the Federation met Mr Rod Cappell amd Mr Tim Huntigton from P.A.R.M. Ltd.
P.A.R.M. Ltd is a U.K. company which specialises in the promotion of sustainable fishing as well as is highly experienced in EU Legislation. P.A.R.M will be conducting an analysis of the Fishing Industry in Malta and how it is being managed, by meeting organisations and people from the various sectors of the local fishing community. At the end of this exercise, which is being held between the 8th and the 16th October 2012, P.A.R.M. will be presenting their strategic recommendations for the continued sustainability of the local fishing industry. These conclusions and recommendations will be presented during a workshop which the consultants from P.A.R.M. will be holding on the 16th October 2012, after having met the key players from the local fishing industry.
The award ceremony for the winners of the Federation Amateur Big Game Fishing Competition 2012 was held at the Cottonera Sports Complex on Saturday 28th July 2012.
The prizes for the competition were made up of 3 Festina Watches, 3 Garmin GPS e Trex 10, Lowrance Elite 4m Plotter, 2 Lineaeffe GCT 30 Reel and 5’6’’ Rod, Okuma SD 45L Reel, Epoxy resin 85% carbon Rod, Osculati Wheel Steering, €150 Voucher, 3 lures, landing net, 2 Phoenicia complimentary Meal Vouchers for two, 2 Virtu Ferries complimentary Tickets for 2 persons each and 2 Parda men’s wear vouchers each worth €50. There were also five trophies, three trophies for the first three overall winners and also a trophy each for the participant who caught the biggest Alunga (Albacore Tuna) and the participant who caught the biggest other Fish.
The president of the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta opened the evening with a short speech mentioning the various higlights of the organisation of the competition. He also mentioned the amount of work done by all the organising committee and all the helpers involved, especially the dedication shown by the competition director Dr. Joe Carabott Damato. The president also thanked the Malta Fishing Forun and the Kingfisher Sport Fishing Association Malta for all the help given to promote the event on their websites. It was also mentioned that the last part of this year’s competition was given good exposure by two of the main local television stations.
Dr Joe Carabott Damato, the Federation Secretary and Competition Director, then followed with a short speech whereby he thanked all the sponsors and other companies / shop outlets / individuals who donated prizes and donations towards the event. He also thanked all the participants who took part in the competition as well as all the helpers who gave all the necessary help whenever this was asked for. He also thanked the Kunsill Malti ghall-isport for their donation and also for making the Multi Purpose Hall of the Cottonera Sport Complex available to the Federation on two occasions and all this without any charge.
The presentation of the prizes then followed. The participant who caught the biggest number of fish was presented with the trophy and he also chose a fish plotter as prize. The participant who caught the biggest alunga was then presented with a trophy and he chose one of the Festina watches as a prize. The winner of the biggest other fish was then presented with a trophy and also a prize. Prizes and trophies were then given to the second and third placings overall. Then prizes to the participants who placed up to the twentieth position were given.
The president and secretary of the Federation then presented a cheque for €6000 to Notary Tonio Spiteri, the president of the Fondazzjoni San Pietru, who thanked the Federation for having organised the competition in aid of the Fondazzjoni San Pietru. He also thanked all the sponsors and all the companies / shop outlets / individuals who helped to make the event a success. He also thanked all the helpers for their dedicated input.
Members from the Fondazzjoni San Pietru then presented a memento to the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Federation. This was a gesture that was highly appreciated by the Federation Committee.The evening then proceeded with a small reception for all those present. This was held at the Bar Area of the Cottonera Sports Complex and the adjoining terrace.
The Pre Tournament Briefing for all those who are participating in the Federation Amateur Big Game Fishing Competition 2012, was held on the 3rd July 2012 at 19:00 Hrs at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Cottonera Sports Complex.
The president of the Federation opened the meeting by thanking all those present for their participation, thus helping to keep this annual event ongoing and at the same time also helping the Federation achieve its philanthropic aim of helping Fondazzjoni San Pietru. The president also thanked all sponsors and also all those individuals and organisations that donated towards this competition.
The participants were then addressed by Captain R. Gabriele MNI MCIT, the official Security Officer of this competition. Captain Gabriele explained and went through all the security and safety points that are to be followed at all times during the event.
The Tournament Director then went through and explained the regulations of the competition as well as went through a powerpoint presentation explaining the logistics and procedures to be followed on the day of the competition.
All participants then completed their official registration, including payment according to the number of crew members and were handed the vouchers donated by Mr Fish and also given the competition ID.
The Federation had a meeting with the Malta Tourism Authority on the 26th June 2012 to discuss the Malta Master Diving Plan prepared by ADI Associates for the MTA. Present for the meeting were Mr Oliver Farrugia who was accompanied by another MTA Official and a representative from ADI Associates (on behalf of the MTA) and the Federation President and the Federation Secretary (on behalf of the Federation).
The MTA representatives emphasised the fact that the MTA cannot impose any new regulations on fishermen. The MTA can only make suggestions to the various authorities such as MEPA, Transport Malta and the Fisheries Department, who will then decide whether any new regulations are imposed or not.
The part of the Master Diving Plan that is of greatest interest to fishermen are Chapter 3 Objective 3 (pages 54 – 58) and Chapter 4 – Implementation Priorities and Action Plan (Pages 65 – 68).
They also assured us that should any new regulations are to be implemented, ADI made it clear in their report that all stakeholders are consulted including the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta.(Chapter 4 of the Malta Master Diving Plan).
The Federation was also given a digital copy of the Master Diving Plan and this copy has been uploaded onto the Federation Website. This can be viewed and downloaded from ( http://federazzjoni.webs.com/apps/documents )
The Federation was invited to attend a meeting with Ms Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries on the 14th June 2012. The meeting was attended by all local Fisheries stakeholders. These included the representatives of both Fishermen Cooperatives, representative from the Acquaculture sector and Non Government Organistions.
During the meeting the attendees put forward their concerns to the Commissioner and explained the particular difficulties which they are presently experiencing.
The Federation was invited by the Malta Fishing Forum to participate in the organisation of the ORNIS Big Game Fishing Tournament 2011. This event was held in aid of the Puttinu Cares Foundation.
The Federation Secretary Dr. Joe Carabott Damato was appointed as the Tournament Director. Preparations for the event started in February even though the competition itself was to be held at the end of June. The participating boats amounted to just under 70 boats. A Pre Tournament Briefing was held during which all regulations were explained in detail to all participants. A Powerpoint presentation of the procedures to be followed on the day of the competition was shown to the participants during this meeting.
The competition itself was held on the 26th June as scheduled and the event proved to be successful inspite of the fact that weather conditions were not completely favourable. The number of fish caught compared very well with other similar events, and even included a Pastardella and a Blue Fin Tuna. (A special permit was issued by the Fisheries Control Directorate for the event.)
An Awards Presentation Night was held at the Angolina Bar in Birzebbugia on the 14th July. Prizes were presented to all the winners, and the Puttinu Cares Foundation was also presented with a cheque amounting to €15,000.
Seminars organised by the Federation.
The Federation has successfully organised the first seminar about fishing in Malta on the 13th June 1998. Various topics about fishing and other related subjects were covered during this seminar. The speakers and subjects covered were:
- A talk about Fish Biology by Mr Guido Lanfranco.
- A Talk about Safety at Sea by Capt. R. Gabriele MNI MCIT (Harbour Master).
- A Talk about Deep Sea Trawling and Surface Drift Nets by Mr. Paul Portelli (Greenpeace).
- Speech by Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Mr. Noel Farrugia.
- A talk about Marine Fauna in Harbours by Mr. John Borg (Marine Fauna Ecologist).
A second seminar was organised by the Federation on the 19th May 2001. The seminar was opened by the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Architect Ninu Zammit B.A.(arch) B.A.(arch Hons) A&CE MP.
Dr Anthony Gruppetta DVM, The Director of Fisheries, then explained in great detail the new Fishing Regulations that come into effect as from the 4th June 2001. Infact this was the longest subject discussed during the seminar and started before lunch and then continued after lunch.
Captain R. Gabriele MNI MCIT, Harbour Master, was the next speaker. He explained the Local Maritime Legislation. Te explanation comprised the Malta Maritime Authority Act, Ports Regulations 1966, Dangerous Cargo Ships, Marine Terminals and Facilitiesand Bunkering Regulations 1966, Berthing Regulations 1975, Yachting Centres Regulations 1992, Code of Police Laws, Environment Protection Act 1991 and Merchant Shipping Act 1973.
The last speaker was Mr Nader Bassily from the Atlam Club. Mr Bassily showed the participants a lot of photographs of fish and other marine creatures found in maltee waters as well as a good number of other photographs taken by members of the Atlam Sub Acqua Club during a recent visit to the Red Sea.