2 of the 4 fish farm operators fully compliant with declaration – PA
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The Planning Authority has confirmed that two fish farm operators are 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, Malta Fish Farming Ltd and Malta Mariculture Ltd removed 2 twenty meter diameter cages and 2 fifty meter diameter cages respectively.
The PA said that the other two operators, Fish&Fish Ltd and AJD Tuna Ltd while not yet fully compliant, also removed 1 and 2 fifty meter diameter cages respectively. Fish&Fish Ltd also emptied out 2 other fifty meter diameter cages but is awaiting 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 the coastal bathing water.
The respective fish farm operators have up until 31st December 2016, to completely relocate their tuna structures and operations to the approved aquaculture zone in the south of Malta.
The Planning Authority, over the coming days, 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 said that it still reserves the right to proceed with direct action should it deem necessary.