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« on: June 02, 2012, 06:03:41 CET »  .  The area in this video is only a marine protected area on paper. Every day there are a lot of trammel nets nearly in every part of this area. about 4 years ago there was a public meeting with the environment minister who said that as long as he will be minister it will become a marine protected area but till today everything remained the same the area full of trammel nets.

How can they make this video using EU funds and they are going to show it in schools without verifying if it is really a marine protected area not only on paper. those who did this video should go to the responsible ministry and make sure that they will make a marine protected area.

2 years ago i emailed the Protected Areas Ecosystems Management Unit Environment Protection Directorate  to ask them if it does make sense that they use nets in a marine protected area and the reply was that discussions are still going on and that the area is regulated with the national fishing laws and told me to contact the fisheries for these regulations. trammel nets can be used in this area so they are not breaking the law. it seems that the discussion is still going on because everything remained the same.

The result can be seen from the video itself. when i see a video from a marine protected area  say from Italy there will be maybe 100 times more fish in it and not a few cawl and griewel and 1 trilja and 1 john dory and 1 serrana. were are the dnieci , acciol, groupers, sargi, barracuda, kahli, pagri, brieqex.  if you go and fish there and you catch a few serran you would have made a good catch.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2012, 17:32:42 CET »

Yes busumark, you are correct.
The Federation and affiliated Gnejna Association were involved from the very start of this project of MPA at Ras ir-Raheb to Irdum Majjiesa.
This was a MPA included in the Natura 2000 European project to preserve sites and their natural heritage.

Since 2004 the Federation asked to participate together with Gnejna Association (being a major stakeholder) to be part in the laying down of conditions related to fishing activities. Our request was eventually accepted.

Despite several meetings with MEPA Officials during the following years, no definite parameters as 'no take zone', 'buffer zone' or which types of fishing is permitted, have been decided. Federation produced numerous suggestions to impliment in favour of conservation while preserving the recreational fisherman rights to fish.

This year we where asked to fill a questionere on the management of the area, results achieved and impact on fishing community. Our reply was that there is no managing authority, no enforcement body and no definite Legislation from MEPA. Things are as before with a consequent further 10 year period of non-selective and destructive fishing.

These projects are nice to read but are never physically implimented. These projects cannot be launched from a desk in an Authority or Consultant Group. One needs serious manegerial and enforcement staff combined with persons that have experience in the field.


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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 17:45:17 CET »

Yesterday i also witnessed another video regarding Dwejra Gozo, Same made panacea...
Where is it said that dwejra is Protected?Huh

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