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Laqgha mas-Segretarju Parlamentari Roderick Galdes.

Posted by Frank Abela on April 5, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments 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.

 

Recreational BFT Licences 2015 / Licenzji ghal sajd tat-Tonn minn Sajjieda Rekreazjonali 2015.

Posted by Frank Abela on March 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments 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.

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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.

Applications for Recreational Fishing of Bluefin Tuna

Posted by Frank Abela on March 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments 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

Triq l-Ingiered,

Marsa MRS 3303

Attention: Ms Lucienne Cassar

 

or

 

Fisheries Office

Imġarr,

Gozo

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

Applikazzjonijiet ghas-Sajd Rikreazzjonali tat-Tonn

Posted by Frank Abela on March 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments 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

Triq l-Ingiered,

Il-Marsa MRS 3303

Attenzjoni: Is-Sa Lucienne Cassar

 

jew

 

Uffiċċju tas-Sajd

L-Imġarr,

Għawdex

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

Federation Annual General Meeting 2014

Posted by Frank Abela on April 15, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)



The Federation held its Annual General Meeting for 2014 on 13th April 2014.  This was held at the Cottonera Sports Complex and started at 09:00 hrs.

The Federation president opened the meeting with a short speech highlighting the Federation's main activities during the year 2013.

The Federation Secretary then read the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting and these were approved by affilated associations members present.

The Federation secretary then fo;;owed by giving a detailed explanation of the various activities held by the Federation during 2013.  He also mentioned and gave a detailed explanation of the the seminars, meetings, Launches and conventions that the Federation was invited to and attended during the preceding twelve months.  The administrative report was approved by affiliated associationsmemberspresent.

The Federation's Treasurer then read out the Federation's Financial Report for year 2013.  This reportt was approved by affilated associations members present.  Mr Joe Pace from the Gzira Association was then nominated as Auditor for 2014.  This nomination was seconded and approved by members present.

Various points were brought up and discussed when the Blue Fin Tuna Licences for  amateur fishermen for the year 2014 was being discussed.  All  regulations and procedures to be followed by those having a licence to fish for Blue Fin Tuna were explained.

When the Federation's Alungi Competition was being discussed it was decided that the dates for the competition will be scheduled for the 6th July with a backup date of the 20th July 2014.  It was also suggested that a requirement for preserving the catch in the best possible way is introduced in the regulations.  This is being implemented by adding a regulation that all boats are required to have an adequate number of ice packs on board.  Boats that do not have enough ice packs would be able to order a bag of ice during the pre competition briefing and the Federation would arrange for it being supplied to the boats during the inspection just prior to the start of the competition.

Federation Annual General Meeting 2013 held on 5th May 2013.

Posted by Frank Abela on May 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments 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.

 

Updates to the Regulations for Blue Fin Tuna Fishing Licence for Recreational Fishermen for 2013

Posted by Frank Abela on April 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM Comments 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.

  1. Applications will be accepted up to 26th April 2013 at 15:00 hrs.
  2. To date between 150 and 160  applications have been received.
  3. All applications received will be accepted.
  4. Total Quota allowed for Recreational Fishermen this year is 500 Kgs.
  5. License valid between 16th June 2013 and 14th October 2013 unless allowed quota has been caught prior to the 14th October 2013.  If allowed quota is caught before the 14th October, the licence for BFT fishing is no longer valid. (The district and weekly license mentioned by FCD during our last meeting and to which the Federation had objected has been dropped.)
  6. Landing of fish (TUNA) can only be done at designated ports i.e.  Mgarr (Gozo), Marfa, Valletta, Marsaxlokk. Fisheries Control Division Officials are still entitled to carry out any boat inspections they may deem fit.
  7. Anyone catching a Tuna must notify Fisheries Control Division at least two hours before landing the fish.
  8. No landing of fish is allowed between 23.00 hrs to 02.00 hrs.
  9. During the license period, each Tuna License holder must inform Fisheries Control Division of departure and return to port, irrespective of the type of fishing he is going out for. Sending an SMS will suffice.
  10. Fishing line, single or pair, exceeding 160mm overall will be considered as Tuna gear. This applies only for the terminal end. Hand line to beginning of terminal end can be of any size or nature. (This was also a Federation request during our last meeting. Before 110mm and single line through out was being considered)
  11. The tuna hook is considered as Tuna gear.
  12. Only Tuna licensed fisherman can hold aboard the above gear.
  13. Only one Tuna per trip.
  14. Attempts by the Federation to increase the allowed quota for this year were unsuccessful. If this year there is an increase in registered catches, then the quota can be revised next year.  In this case both the Federation and MFF representative suggested the 1500 kgs allowed last year.  Although this request was noted no definite assurance was given by FCD officials.
  15. Any licence holder caught infringing any of the regulations will have his licence for 2013 immediately revoked and will also not be allowed to apply for a BFT Liicence next year.

Federation Attends Stakeholders Meeting re Underwater Trail at Rdum Majjesa Marine Protected Area.

Posted by Frank Abela on April 5, 2013 at 4:05 AM Comments 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.

Copy of Suggested Regulations for Recreational Fishermen Report prepared by the Sub Committee of the Fisheries Board

Posted by Frank Abela on March 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM Comments 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 : 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b1i0vywagr03exk/Suggerimenti%20tas-Sotto%20Kumitat%20dwar%20Regolamenti%20ghal%20Sajd%20Rekreattiv.pdf

 

2013 Blue Fin Tuna Fishing Licences for Recreational Fishermen

Posted by Frank Abela on March 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM Comments 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.

Applications:

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.

 

Conditions ofLicence:

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.

 

 


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