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Malta deploys army to fight illegal fishing

Christian Fernsby |
Responding to claims by local fishermen that they have to wage "wars" at sea with their Tunisian rivals, the Maltese government has decided to deploy the army to combat illegal fishing.

Topics: MALTA   

The patrols are being carried out by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture together with the Armed Forces of Malta and involve surveillance in both territorial and international waters, the government said in a statement.

The department said that the patrols are not targeted exclusively at any particular country. Their aim is to control the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) in international waters. FADs are manmade objects used to lure and catch fish.

The Maltese fishermen have also been asked to report and provide any evidence photos, videos or GPS (global positioning system) coordinates of any such breaches.

The government said it had also reported the matter to the European Commission and had discussed the issue with the European Fisheries Control Agency. The Maltese Foreign Affairs Ministry had also reached out to Tunisia to solve the issue.


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