Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta

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A summary of the various activities and meetings held or attended to by the Federation during 2015.

Xmas Lunch held on 13th December 2015 at "Il-Fanal" Restaurant.

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.

Life BaHAR for Natura 2000 - Second Stakeholders Meeting.

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.

Two Short Seminars organsied in Preparation for Participation in Data Collection in the Life+ Migrate Project.

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.

President's Cruise for Solidarity.

The Office of the President organised the ‘Cruise for Solidarity’ in aid of The Malta Community Chest Fund on Sunday 12th July 2015..  More than 200 boats gathered in Valletta Grand Harbour at 10:30. The flotilla proceeded to St Paul’s Bay.  Various boats from various associations affiliated with the Federation took part in this event.

Official Launch of the Solidarjeta bl-iSports Campaign 2015 on June 2nd 2015.

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.

EMFF 2014 - 2020 Eligibility and Selection Criteria Consultation Meeting.

The Federation was invited to attend an eleigibility and selection criteria meeting for applications to the European Maritime Fisheries Fund 2014 - 2020 which was held at the Auberge D'Aragon on Friday 24th April 2015.

The meeting was opened by a short introduction by the Hon. Dr Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for the E.U. Presidency 2017 and E.U.Funds.

Officers from the same secretariat then went through a presentation of the eligibity criteria applicable to applicants interested in applying for such funds.  After this an explamation of the selection criteria for eligible applicants was also explained in detail.

The meeting came to an end with a short discussion about the subject by the stakeholders present.

The presentation can be viewed from here.

Federation Annual General Meeting 2015.

The Federation held its Annual General Meeting for 2014 on 12th April 2015.  This was held at the Cottonera Sports Complex and started at 09:30 hrs.

The Federation president opened the meeting with a short speech highlighting the Federation's main activities during the year 2014.

The Federation Secretary then read the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting and these were approved by affiliated associations members present.

The Federation secretary then followed by giving a detailed explanation of the various activities held or attended to by the Federation during 2014.  He also mentioned and gave a detailed explanation of the the seminars, meetings, Launches and conventions that the Federation was invited to and attended during the preceding twelve months.  The administrative report was approved by affiliated associations members present.

The Federation's Treasurer then read out the Federation's Financial Report for year 2014.  This report was approved by affiliated associations members present. 

Dr Joe Carabott Damato was then elected as Federation Secretary representing the Birzebbuga Association rather than holding the same post as a Federation consultant.  Mr Joe Pace from the Gzira Association was then confirmed as Auditor for 2015.  This nominations was seconded and approved by members present.

Various points were brought up and discussed when the Blue Fin Tuna Licences for  amateur fishermen for the year 2015 was being discussed.  All  regulations and procedures to be followed by those having a licence to fish for Blue Fin Tuna were explained.

It was also agreed that the Federation will take part in a maritime activity being organised by Transport Malta under the auspices of the President of Malta office, in aid of the Community Chest Fund.

Webcheck for Sports Survey Results Presentation.

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: