A meeting has been c/o on 11th August 2010 at MEPA, between myself and Mr. Christopher Cousin, and Ms. Nadia Suda lanzon. The purpose of this meeting was to get a better explanation of what regulations exist with Regards to Marine Protected Areas, and what us fisherman can/cannot do.
I was explained that due to EU policies, Malta had to Declare 80% of the Posidonia seabed as protected, thus 4 new Protected areas have been announced. These areas are illustrated in this post and cover over 18,000 hectares of the Maltese marine environment.
The sites are -
* a significant stretch of area along the north east of the islands; and three smaller areas
* Mġarr ix-Xini;
* Dwejra; and
* an area between Għar Lapsi and Fifla.
Until today, all fishing activites can still be c/o as usuall, but without damaging the Posidonia seabed. More studies will follow so that these areas will be separated into different zones, and these will limit the fishing activities allowed in that particular Zone.
During this meeting I was also informed that the Marine Protecteed Area of Rdum Il-Majjiesa to Ras-Ir Raheb, is not being enforced, and that there are several discussion concerning the zoning in this area. Thus fishing activities until further notice can still be c/o normally. The area is illustrated below:
The red area meaning No entry-No take, the yellow area indicates Entry - No Take, The green area indicates Entry- No Take, and the blue area Entry - Take (Subject to buffer provisions)