Two out of four fish farm op­er­a­tors now ‘fully com­pli­ant’ – Plan­ning Au­thor­ity

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Plan­ning Au­thor­ity con­firmed yes­ter­day that two of four fish farm op­er­a­tors are now fully com­pli­ant with the uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion they made with the Au­thor­ity on how and when, over the com­ing weeks, they were to re­move their re­spec­tive fish farms.

The two op­er­a­tors in ques­tion, Malta Fish Farm­ing Ltd and Malta Mar­i­cul­ture Ltd re­moved two 20me­tre di­am­e­ter cages and two 50me­tre di­am­e­ter cages re­spec­tively.

The other two op­er­a­tors, Fish&Fish Ltd and AJD Tuna Ltd while not yet fully com­pli­ant, also re­moved one and two 50-me­tre di­am­e­ter cages re­spec­tively. Fish&Fish Ltd also emp­tied two more 50-me­tre di­am­e­ter cages but is wait­ing in­for­ma­tion from the Fish­eries De­part­ment to pro­vide the ex­act co-or­di­nates where to move the cages to.

Last month, the four fish farm op­er­a­tors had their 10 de­vel­op­ment per­mits unan­i­mously re­voked by the Plan­ning Board given that their oper­a­tion was in breach of plan­ning con­di­tions to the detri­ment of the en­vi­ron­ment and neg­a­tively im­pact­ing coastal bathing wa­ter.

The re­spec­tive fish farm op­er­a­tors have up to 31 De­cem­ber 2016, to com­pletely re­lo­cate their tuna struc­tures and op­er­a­tions to the ap­proved aqua­cul­ture zone in the south of Malta.

The Plan­ning Au­thor­ity said that over the com­ing days it will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the re­moval of the fish farms ac­cord­ing to the uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion the re­spec­tive fish farm op­er­a­tors made with the Au­thor­ity. The Au­thor­ity re­served the right to pro­ceed with direct ac­tion should it deem it nec­es­sary.

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