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Ensure sustainability through improved environmental management. Ensure competitiveness through innovation. There is strong competition for space and resources due to the small size of Malta. Environmental issues take priority and an environmental impact assessment is required before aquaculture development is initiated in line with the Aquaculture Strategy set from Aquaculture was introduced into Malta following the establishment of the National Aquaculture Centre NAC in when basic rearing techniques were demonstrated for hatching and rearing of tilapia Oreochromis spilurus and Oreochromis mossambicus x Oreochromis niloticus in seawater SIPAM, In the early s, commercial fish farms started producing European seabass D.

Various types of ongrowing cages are used, namely Dunlop and Farmocean cages for offshore sites and Floatex and Kames cages for inshore nursery sites. At the turn of the century, Maltese companies showed interest in farming the Atlantic bluefin tuna T. The NAC developed its own pilot marine hatchery for the production of gilthead seabream and European seabass fingerlings in During the following period, from to , production increased to 1 fingerlings as the NAC improved its hatchery technology.

MAR is the only research facility on Malta for hatching marine species for mariculture. Many improvements have been made in the marine hatchery to accommodate trials for amberjack and Atlantic bluefin tuna larvae. The main stream of research focuses on the diversification of species to be produced for mariculture, with success obtained on a national level with the Amberjack Project and on an EU level with the TRANSDOTT project for both the amberjack and Atlantic bluefin tuna.

The primary activities of MAR are: Optimising techniques for the production of marine fish. Nutrition and growth trials for marine fish. Partner in turtle rehabilitation and release. Laboratory water quality monitoring. Provide information on aquaculture to students, the general public and prospective entrepreneurs. In there were two European seabass and gilthead seabream farms.

The total value of all species produced in was EUR The aquaculture sector generates a total of full-time equivalent jobs FTE , including FTE employed in the aquaculture sector itself and an additional FTE jobs generated by way of indirect and induced economic impacts.

These jobs were mainly concentrated in the wholesale and retail trade, transport and communication, financial intermediation and manufacturing sectors Applied Economics Consulting Ltd. Almost all staff employed in the industry are Maltese nationals. Around 93 percent of aquaculture employees are currently men, around 60 percent of whom are aged 34 years or younger. Much of the workforce has a background in the fisheries sector, and is thus well suited to the nature of the work.

There are currently no formal vocational training opportunities for aquaculture in Malta, and the provision of such training is considered highly desirable for the safe and efficient development of the aquaculture industry in Malta.

Divers are essential for routine maintenance, installation and various husbandry operations. There are no legal requirements for professional diving qualifications in Malta at present, but the introduction of legislation, based on that employed by most other EU member states, can be expected in the future.

The industry is represented by the Federation of Maltese Aquaculture Producers FMAP , which represents the interests of tuna farming in the media and with regard to regulatory matters. P2M, which only farms bass and bream, is not a member.

All farming systems used around Malta are made of floating cages. Cage systems are now almost all circular HDPE plastic pipe as widely used elsewhere and have proved to be extremely robust and cost effective. Most losses that have occurred have been due to the impact of excessive currents on cage nets and moorings. There are six operational farms, of which two farms have inshore nursery sites for juvenile seabream, seabass, meagre and amberjacks.

The tuna farms are offshore, approximately 6 km off the coast towards the southeast side of the main island in approximately 90 m deep sea. There is a pilot hatchery on land within the MAR. This pilot hatchery produces mainly seabream and seabass, with some meagre and amberjack juveniles produced through research trials. Other trials aim to breed an array of alternative Mediterranean species. Following the successful TRANSDOTT project, Maltese companies are pursuing egg collection and larval rearing attempts with planned projects for the production of juveniles of this highly priced species.

The species cultured on a purely aquaculture basis in Malta are the European seabass Dicentrarchus labrax , the gilthead seabream Sparus aurata , the meagre Argyrosomus regius and on a smaller scale the amberjack Seriola dumerili. The fattening of Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus is a capture-based aquaculture whereby tuna of various sizes, usually ranging from kg are caught by purse seine fishing nets and fattened for about six months until export. All European seabass and gilthead seabream fingerlings are generally imported from approved hatcheries in Italy, France or Spain.

Local fish consumption varies throughout the year. Total annual consumption of European seabass and gilthead seabream is around tonnes. Consumption trends depend on the availability of fresh substitutes which are imported at cheap prices, or locally caught fish at favourable low prices, for example dolphin fish Coryphaena hippurus , Bluefin tuna or swordfish Xiphias gladius. Gilthead seabream is usually sold locally at around EUR 4.

European seabass prices are slightly higher but it is purchased in smaller quantities. The consumer acknowledges that farmed fish is very fresh due to the fact that it is locally grown and slaughtered and there is a constant supply throughout the year. Farmed fish provides the consumer with a very good quality product at a reasonable price.

With regard to exports, European seabass and gilthead seabream are exported whole mainly to central and north Italy, the main buyers being large supermarkets or hypermarket chains, as well as large wholesalers. The client will, in turn, mark up the price by an additional percent. All European seabass and gilthead seabream production plants have an EU export code to accompany goods. There is also local subsidiary legislation SL In the case of Atlantic bluefin tuna, the slaughtered fish are exported fresh or frozen to Asian markets, mainly Japan.

Fish farming has a positive effect on the employment of unskilled and skilled labour, earns the country hard currency from exports and there is a high local value added resulting from a net cash inflow. MAR is the research body within the Aquaculture Directorate, mainly focusing on species diversification and providing technical advice and assistance to local companies and foreign interested parties.

The current basis for aquaculture legislation in Malta is the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act of This act, therefore, formally lays out a requirement for consultation between the Director of Aquaculture, the ERA Environment and Resources Authority and the PA Planning Authority for the granting of an aquaculture permit.

The issue of operating permits is the direct responsibility of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture which falls under the Ministry for Sustainable Development the Environment and Climate Change.. Development in aquaculture both on land and offshore necessitates a development permit as established by the Development Planning Act Chapter and its subsidiary legislation.

Aquaculture is also subject to environmental regulations published under the Environment Protection Act Since accession to the European Union in , Malta has been obliged to implement all current EU directives concerning aquaculture regulation The local legislation directly affecting the aquaculture industry is the responsibility of the following Departments and Authorities: The Food and Veterinary Division regulates the veterinary aspects of production, including animal health and welfare, fish processing and packaging and related operations involving fishing vessels, factory, ships, plants and fish markets.

Transport Malta regulates and manages the port and marine activities, maintenance of good order in Maltese waters, safety of navigation, and prevention and control of pollution. The ERA Environment and Resources Authority and the PA Planning Authority regulate development on land and at sea by means of development permits and management of the Environmental Impact Assessment EIA process, biodiversity conservation, and also regulate the dumping of waste or discharge into the marine environment, as well as the prevention and control of pollution.

Applied research focuses on species diversification. It started in , one year after the first amberjack eggs were obtained from broodstock reared in cages. Various advances have been made during the past three years and spawning and egg collection have become an annual certainty.

The management and staff have the ambitious aim to produce a better survival and larger numbers. This project involved 8 partners from a total of five countries: Germany, Israel, Italy, Malta and Spain. The aim of the project was to advance technologies developed in the previous SELF-DOTT project and Japan, and implementing them into a working protocol for the industry itself.

Starting in April , with the management of an already established BFT broodstock in a SME in Malta, a total of about 50 million viable eggs were collected in June ca.

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