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« on: July 08, 2010, 14:31:00 CET »

The Fisheries Control Department have contacted me to inform us that Swordfish MAY be kept on board by recreational fishers (S and MFC boats) providing they are a by-catch. As we all know when trolling we do not target a specific species therefore if we hook up a swordfish it's always a by-catch.

Closed season as per commercial (dates to be posted this evening but I think it's 15th October - 15th November), and to date I have not been informed of a minimum size but I emplore that you all use your better judgement and don't keep baby swords.

You must call a landing officer 4 hours before arriving at the designated landing points: Mgarr, Marfa, Valletta and M'Xlokk , full details and contact numbers will be posted this evening.

Keep watching this space for further updates...........
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010, 18:20:15 CET »

Confirmed season is closed this year from the 1st October to the 30th November.

4hrs before land fall a Landing officer must be advised of the vessels details and the catch, approx weight and number of heads, 

Swordfish may only be landed at designated ports:
Marfa/ Cirkkewa contact Mr. Jonathan Cassar 99460164

Marsaxlokk & Valletta Grand Harbour Mr. William Gatt 79332394 or Mr. Joseph Gatt 79835686.

This information is required in order to fufill Malta's obligation to monitor catches of certain species

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