|Posted by Frank Abela on April 5, 2017 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
Membri mill-ezekuttiv tal-Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta kellhom laqgha mas-Segretarju Parlamentari Roderick Galdes illum 5 t’April 2017. Waqt din il-laqgha il-Federazzjoni esprimiet it-thassib taghha fuq dawn l-affarijiet:
1. Nuqqas ta komunikazzjoni bejn id-Dipartiment tas-Sajd u il-Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta.
2. Il-fatt li fl-abbozz tal-Ligi (Bill 190) il-Federazzjoni ma tissemma imkien u ghalhekk ser titlef id-dritt li tinnomina membri fuq il-Kunsill Gdid tas-Sajd.
3. Il-Federazzjoni uriet l-oggezzjoni taghha ghall-ammendi issuggeriti fuq ir-regolamenti tas-Sajd Rekreazjonali li kienu maqbula bejn l-istakeholders kollha lura fis-snin 2012 / 2013. Dawn l-ammendi saru mill-Koperattivi tas-Sajd waqt laqgha li kellhom ma Ufficjali tad-Dipartiment tas-Sajd fil 15 ta Dicembru 2016. Uriet it-thassib taghha ukoll dwar certu porposti li qed isiru mill Marsaxlokk Artisinal Fisheries u li jolqtu lis-Sajjied Rikreazzjonali.
Dwar l-ewwel punt is-Segretarju Parlamentari qal li ser jaghmel l-ahjar li jista biex il-komunikazzjoni bejn id-Dipartiment tas-Sajd u l-Federazzjoni titjieb.
Dwar it-tieni punt is-Segretarju Parlamentari qal li dan il-Bill ghadu abbozz u ser jikkunsidra l-amenda ghalih kif proposta mill-Federazzjoni. Dan ifisser li il-Federazzjoni ser tibqa bid-dritt li tinnomina membri fuq il-format il-gdid tal-Kunsill tas-Sajd.
Dwar it-tielet punt is-Segretarju Parlamentari tana assigurazzjoni li ma hi ser tiddahhal l-ebda legislazzjoni fuq sajd rekreattiv apparti dawk il-mizuri li jistghu ikunu imponuti minn Direttivi ta l-Unjoni Ewropea.
|Posted by Frank Abela on March 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
After having more correspondence with the Fisheries Department, the Federation is happy to announce that applications for Blue Fin Tuna fishing licences will be accepted from all recreational fishermen, irrelevant whether their boat is registered as MFC, S or Valletta.
Applications will start being accepted as from Monday 23rd March 2015 at the Fisheries Department, Ghammieri, Marsa.
Wara aktar korrispondenza bejn id-Dipartiment tas-Sajd u il-Federazzjoni, il-Federazzjoni tixtieq thabbar li applikazzjonijiet ghall-licenzi tas-sajd ghat-Tonn minn sajjieda dilettanti huma miftuhin ghas-sajjieda dilettanti kollha, kemm dawk irregistrati MFC, S jew Valletta.
L-applikazzjonijiet jibdew jintlaqghu fid-Dipartiment tas-Sajd, l-Ghammieri, Marsa minn nhar it-Tnejn 23 ta Marzu 2015.
|Posted by Frank Abela on March 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture notifies that it will be receiving applications from interested persons having a vessel registered for recreational fishing under national provisions, and who are interested to participate in the recreational fishing of bluefin tuna season which is set from Tuesday, 16th June, 2015, to Wednesday, 14th October, 2015.
Applications may be collected at the following addresses:
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Għammieri
Marsa MRS 3303
Attention: Ms Lucienne Cassar
Attention: Mr Mario Tabone
Applications together with the supporting documentation are to be submitted to the same addresses from Monday, 23rd March, 2015, to Monday, 6th April, 2015, from 8.00 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday.
An administrative fee of €20 payable by cheque ONLY to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is applicable on submission of the application.
Late applications will not be considered.
For further information, please contact the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture on telephone 2292 1111, or by sending an email to ([email protected]).
13th March, 2015
|Posted by Frank Abela on March 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
Id-Dipartiment tas-Sajd u Akwakultura jgħarraf li se jkunu qegħdin jiġu aċċettati applikazzjonijiet minn persuni interessati li huma sidien ta’ bastimenti rikreazzjonali reġistrati taħt id-dispożizzjonijiet tal-liġi nazzjonali, u li huma interessati li jipparteċipaw fl-istaġun għas-sajd rikreattiv għat-tonn li se jkun mit-Tlieta, 16 ta Ġunju, 2015, sal-Erbgħa, 14 ta’ Ottubru, 2015.
L-applikazzjonijiet jistgħu jinġabru minn dawn l-indirizzi li ġejjin:
Dipartiment tas-Sajd u Akkwakultura Għammieri
Il-Marsa MRS 3303
Attenzjoni: Is-Sa Lucienne Cassar
Attenzjoni: Is-Sur Mario Tabone
L-applikazzjonijiet, flimkien mad-dokumentazzjoni meħtieġa għandha tintbagħat fl-istess indirizzi, mit-Tnejn, 23 ta’ Marzu, 2015, sat-Tnejn, 6 ta’ April, 2015, bejn it-8.00 a.m. u nofsinhar, mit-Tnejn sal-Ġimgħa.
Dritt amministrattiv ta’ €20 pagabbli BISS permezz ta’ ċekk lid-Dipartiment tas-Sajd u l-Akwakultura huwa applikabbli mal-preżentazzjoni tal-applikazzjoni.
Applikazzjonijiet li jintbagħtu tard ma jiġux ikkunsidrati.
Aktar informazzjoni tista’ tinkiseb mid-Dipartiment tasSajd u Akwakultura fuq telefon 2292 1111, jew bl-email fuq ([email protected]).
It-13 ta’ Marzu, 2015
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|Posted by Frank Abela on May 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
The Federation held its 2013 Annual General Meeting at the Glormu Cassar Hall of the Excelsior Hotel today the 5th of May 2013. This year’s AGM was open to ALL RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN including those who are not members of any of the Associations affiliated to the Federation. The Federation also invited the administrators of the Malta Fishing Forum, the Kingfisher Sport Fishing Association, the National Sport Federation Angling Malta, the Blue Sea Sport Angling Club and also the Malta Skin Divers Club. Inspite of the heavily advertised event, on the Federation Website, On the Federation’s Facebook Page, the Malta Fishing Forum Website and local printed Media, it is to be noted that regrettably the event was not very well attended.
The Federation was honoured by the presence of the Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Roderick Galdes and the newly appointed Fisheries Director General Dr Andreina Fenech Farrugia. Also present were two high ranking officials from the Fisheries Control Directorate Mr Frans Caruana and Mr Michael Mifsud.
The Federation President opened the meeting with a short introduction. The Parliamentary Secretary Mr Roderick Galdes then addressed those present, highlighting his views on the future of Fishing in Malta. He mentioned the challenges being faced and said that the proposed regulations for recreational fishing prepared by the sub committee of the fisheries board would be further evaluated and discussed by all the interested parties before actually being implemented.
Mr Nick Palmer from the Malta Fishing Forum highlighted that the Recreational Sector in Malta heavily contributes to the Boat Building Industry, Boat Importers and Engine Dealers, Marine Chandlers, Yard Storage Service, Insurance, Maintenance Services, Marine Electronics, Tackle Shops and all associated services, and that given the reduction in the commercial fishing fleet we now generate more income and spend more money than Commercial Fishers (always excluding Tuna Farming). This was unanimously agreed by the panel and I strongly highlighted that the Recreational Sector must therefore be given its due attention and importance
Unfortunately Mr Galdes had to leave after a while due to other commitments he had. The newly appointed Fisheries Director and the two FCD officials stayed on till the very end of the meeting.
The Federation Secretary then read the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting and also the Administrative Report for the year highlighting the various activities, meetings, conferences, seminars and social events attended to by the Federation. The minutes for last year’s Annual General Meeting were approved and seconded by members on the floor.
The Federation Treasurer then read the Financial Report for the year and this was also approved by members present on the floor.
Dr Joe Carabott Damato then read out the proposed new regulations and the floor was invited for their input, suggestions and discussions. Most of the new regulations seemed to be approved by the floor as there were no comments on them. Mr Joe Baldacchino from the Malta Fishing Forum highly criticised the Fisheries Control Directorate for suggesting Tracking Systems on all recreational Fishermen, suggesting the introduction of fishing zone for recreational fishermen and limitations in the number of days recreational fishermen are entitled to go out fishing. He strongly objected to the inclusion of these clauses in the Report for the proposed regulations. He also objected to the fact that long lines were being allowed for recreational fishermen as he said that the Malta Fishing Forum was against these being allowed. Another member from the floor, Jonathan, also argued that Deep Water long lines should not be limited to the 100 fathom limit. Dr Carabott highlighted the efforts put in by the Federation to acquire this depth as originally the representative of the commercial fishermen on the sub committee only wanted a limit of 50 metres. He further highlighted that recreational fishermen could use single lines with a number of hooks (hjut or xolfa) without any limits being involved.
Another point that cropped up was the booklet being issued with the renewals of the MFC permits and the inclusion of permitted fishing tackle and equipment on these same booklets. Dr. Carabott Damato explained and insisted that the booklet being issued had nothing to do with the proposed regulations as these were still at a discussion level and have not been implemented yet.
Mr Nick Palmer from the Malta Fishing Forum suggested that the permit for recreational fishing should be issued to the individual and not to the fishing vessel. He backed up this argument by saying that this was what was done in other Countries (mentioning Italy), the United Stated and also Australia.
Another member from the floor also asked about the fact that a representative of the commercial fishermen was part of the sub committee when this committee was proposing regulations for the recreational sector.
The regulations suggested for Blue Fin Tuna Fishing licences for recreational fishermen also formed an active part of the discussions. Main objections to these regulations included the fact that permit holders were obliged to inform Fisheries Control Directorate when going out fishing (even not for Blue Fin Tuna), the low quota allocated to recreational fishermen and the limited number of designated landing points for Blue Fin Tuna. The newly appointed Director said that the designated landing points for Blue Fin Tuna was an ICCAT requirement and the Department did not have the necessary resources to man more landing points on a 24/7 basis. The FCD officials confirmed that permit holders need not inform the Directorate when recreational fishermen were taking out their families for a swim or when they were not carrying on board the tackle considered to be tackle for Blue Fin Tuna fishing (line over 160 and the particular hook used for BFT fishing). As regards the quota allowed it was highlighted that the amount would be reconsidered anew next year if the reported catch this year improved over last year’s reported catch.
The meeting ended shortly before noon.
More photos available here.
|Posted by Frank Abela on April 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM||comments (0)|
Members of theFederation Committee attended a meeting with representatives of the FisheriesControl Division to further discuss the regulations attached to the licencesfor Blue Fin Tuna Fishing by recreational fishermen between 16thJune 2013 and 14th October 2013. Also present for the meeting there was a representative from the MaltaFishing Forum. It was agreed that thefollowing regulations will apply.
|Posted by Frank Abela on April 5, 2013 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
The Gnejna Assocoiation was invited to a second stakeholders meeting re the proposed underwater trail at Rdum Majjesa Marine Protected Area. A MEPA representative, Mr. Christopher Cousin, opened the meeting. ADI Associates and Ecoserve presented the proposed trail with justifications and recommendations as appropriate, to the various stakeholders present. The Association was represented by Mr. Reno Falzon and Mr. Victor Camilleri. Mr. Frank Abela and Dr. Joe Carabott Damatowere also present for the meeting on behalf of the Federazzjoni ta l-Ghaqdiet tas-Sajjieda Dilettanti Malta. The stakeholders meeting was held at the Excelsior Hotel on Wednesday 3rd April 2013.
The stakeholders were informed that whereas at first the underwater trail proposed was targeted for divers and snorkelers, this is now being proposed for snorkelers only, due to various difficulties encountered by divers such as easy access to the site and the distance from the various divers clubs, the nearest of which are situated at Cirkewwa.
During the meeting the stakeholders were shown a video that showed the various habitats that are included along the proposed water trail. Various stakeholders present put in various ideas as to how the trail could be managed and marketed.
|Posted by Frank Abela on March 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM||comments (0)|
The Federation will be holding its Annual General Meeting very shortly. The date, time and venue will be advised in the next few days.
This year the Annual General Meeting will be open to ALL RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN irrespective of whether they are members of any of our member associations or not. During this meeting the Federation will discuss the regulations for recreational fishermen suggested by the sub committee of the Fisheries Board appointed in October 2012. The report prepared by this sub committee was presented to the Director of Fisheries in the middle of March so that it will be further discussed by the Fisheries Board once this is again reappointed.
A copy of the report (in maltese) can be viewed / downloaded from :
|Posted by Frank Abela on March 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM||comments (0)|
On Monday 25th March 2013 Federation representatives attended a meeting with Fisheries Control Officials regarding Blue Fin Tuna Recreational licences for 2013.
For better control of Blue Fin Tuna catches, the Fisheries Control Department is working on the following new system for Recreational Blue Fin Tuna licence.
Alongi, pastardella,dolphin fish (lampuka) and allied species do not fall under this licence andregulations.
Ø Applications will open around the second week of April for 15days.
Ø Late applications will not be accepted.
Ø All recreational vessels can apply.
Ø All valid applications will be accepted.
Ø Season for Recreational Fishermen starts on 16th Juneup to 16th October 2013.
Ø All accepted applicants will begrouped in three or four districts (baseports) according to number of applicants.
Ø Each district will be licensed a number of weeks, e.g. with three districts, each district will have five to six weeks, spread over the period from 16 June to 16 October.
Ø A line above 110 mm and specific tuna hook is considered as Tuna gear.
Ø Such a gear is not allowed on board outside licenced weeks during the period.
Ø One Tuna per trip
Ø All accepted applicants going out fishing must inform fisheries control of departure and return to port during the whole period between 16th June 2013 and 16th October 2013, even if they are not going out fishing for Blue Fin Tuna.
Ø Based on past years reported blue fin tuna catches by licensed recreational fishermen, this year the quota stands at 500 kilos.
Ø If the above quota is reached, the season for recreational fishermen will be closed at that time even if it is prior to the 16th October.
Ø The minimum allowable catch size remains at 30 Kilos and/or 115cm length.
Ø Tuna catches cannot be commercialized but used for personal consumption or for charity.
The Federation will be attending further meetings with the Fishing Control Directorate once final dates have been set by the FishingDirectorate.