A summary of the various activities and meetings held or attended to by the Federation during 2019
The Federation held its annual Christmas Buffet Lunch for members of affiliated associations on Sunday 8th December 2019 at the Plaza Hotel in Sliema. This was attended by over 50 members.
More photos can be seen here.
On the 3rd December 2019 Committee members from the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta had a meeting with Mr. Bjorn Callus the new Acting Director General of Fisheries and Aquaculture to congratulate him on his appointment to this position.
The Federation committee members updated him with the aims of the Federation and also gave details of the Federation's activities as well as to its formation. We also had a short discussion about some general points regarding recreational fishing in Malta.
Committee members from the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta had a consultation meeting with officials from ERA re the new proposed No take Zones being suggested by ERA. This meeting was held at the Cottonera Sports Complex on Tuesday 26th November 2019.
The Federation expressed its concern mainly re the NO Take Zone being proped around the Gnejna Bay Area. The Federation highlighted the fact that the way this No Take Zone is being propsed was going to eliminate the pastime of many recreational fishermen owing small boats and who enjoyed their hobby from this bay. Besides we also highlighted the fact that Gnejna Bay was also an official landing point for the members of commercial fishermen who operated from here.
The Federation suggested that the area is resized so that both recreational and commercial fishermen will be able to continue with their fishing activities. ERA officials advised that they had more consultations with other stakeholder scheduled and that we shall be contacted again once these consultations are held.
Committee members from the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta attended the National Conference on Volunteering on Saturday 12th October 2019.
The Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector organized its Annual National Conference on Volunteering entitled ‘Volunteering: Taking the Next Step‘ on Saturday the 12th October 2019. The Conference, which was well attended, commenced by a welcome speech from Dr. Noel Camilleri, Chairperson MCVS. The three plenary sessions were delivered by Mr. Roderick Agius – Governance in Voluntary Organisations, Mr. John Mallia – Making the Wheel Turn, and Fr. Antoine Farrugia sdb- Volunteering, Working with Minors… Integrational Approach. The presentations of these three plenary sessions can be found below.
Following each plenary session working groups, made up of the various sectoral groups, discussed further these issues and how they applied to their particular sectoral reality. These workshops were moderated by various moderators namely Mr. Andrew Azzopardi, Mr. Jes Saliba, Ms Celine Talbot, Mr. Robert Farrugia, Mr. Edward Gruppetta and Mr. Mauro Pace Parascandalo.
The new online booking system for the use of the Volunteer Centres was also lauched.
Members from the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta attended a workshop organised by the MED Programme project aiming to empower stakeholders in the appraisal of existing conflicts between conservation objectives and the effects of human activities carried out within the North-East Marine Protected Area in the Maltese Islands. The workshop was held on the 4th June 2019 at the Dolmen Hotel. The programme comprised a practical marine spatial planning exercise to investigate possible solutions to meet conservation objectives without disrupting essential economic activities. The workshop was designed to network the stakeholders, and build dialogue and awareness on common issues. It was about involving local communities for active participation in decision making and in finding solutions to match development with environmental conservation; re-assessing economic activities to reduce conflicts for the same space and resources; identifying new management measures to mitigate the impacts of human activities on coastal habitats, and developing common, coordinated and feasible actions to fulfil national and EU goals, directives and legislation.
The main aims of the workshop were to:
• gather perceptions and experiences of users in marine protected areas,
• assess the ecosystem services provided by protected benthic habitats,
• identify new management strategies and/or improve the already existent strategies,
• identify good practices to be shared with other MPAs.
The workshop was attended by:
• Marine professionals,
• Researchers and academics,
• Government authorities,
• Industry players in the marine sector,
• Local councils
The stakeholder workshop was about:
• Involving local communities for active participation in decision making and in finding solutions to match development with environmental conservation and sustainability goals;
• Re-assessing economic activities to reduce conflicts for the same space and resources, reducing impacts by partial or full geographical relocation, as well as revised time frames of activity;
• Identifying new management measures to mitigate the impacts of human activities on coastal habitats, and developing common, coordinated and feasible actions to fulfil national and EU goals, directives and legislation.
A real case “planning exercise” wias conducted to engage the participants in a hands-on activity to:
• apply a Marine Spatial Planning exercise in the MPA;
• identify possible planning options;
• identify compatibility and conflicting activities within the MPA;
• elaborate a spatial allocation draft;
• design a multi-use MPA framework;
• design a possible pilot action.
Il-Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta zammet il-Laqgha Generali Annwali taghha nhar il-Hadd 7 t'April 2019 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 2018 / 2019 u inqara u gie approvat ir-rapport finanzjarju ghas-sena 2018 / 2019. Membru mill-kumitat tal-Fondazzjoni San Pietru ghamel diskors qasir fuq ix-xoghol imwettaq mill Fondazzjoni kemm matul is-sena 2018 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 7th April 2019 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 2018 / 2019, which was approved by members present. The Treasurer of the Federation then read out the financial report for 2018 / 2019 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 2018 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.