PN calls for protection of lampuki fishermen from poachers
Maltese fishermen are being robbed by foreign fishermen and abandoned by the Maltese government, the Nationalist Party has accused.
PN Fisheries spokesperson Edwin Vassallo and Home Affairs spokesperson Beppe Fenech Adami said in a statement that lampuki (dolphin) fishing is a main source of income for Maltese fishermen.
MaltaToday last year revealed a video of Maltese fishermen engaging with Tunisians suspected of stealing their prey from traditional lampuki fishing lines.
PN said the government promised more monitoring of affected fishing areas in the press, but this year fishermen are reporting the same problems and seeing no armed forces presence.
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MEPs added that the government should expand its powers within the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, to monitor other countries to strengthen law enforcement on their registered fishing vessels.
“The truth is that today the lives of Maltese and Gozitan fishermen are continually threatened by foreign fishermen, who fish illegally in Maltese waters,” said Vassallo.
He said the government’s promise of protection never materialized and they called for action. “Our fishermen deserve all the protection necessary to maintain this industry which is so important to our country.”