At an investment of €666,000 co-financed by European funds, a new office for fishermen has been opened in Marsaxlokk.
The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Anton Refalo said that this office will serve as a one stop shop for fishermen, where the catches of fish will also be registered. The Minster said that this is one of the projects which have been finalised so that services will be closer and more convenient for fishermen. He said that the extension project of the Gozo quay is almost finished and will complement a similar project in Marsaxlokk so that the fishing sector will flourish.
The Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that right now work is taking place between all Ministries so that as happened in this project, the maximum amount of Euroepan funds can be obtained in the next EU package, for the period 2021 – 2027.
The Director General for Fisheries, Bjorn Callus said that the new office in Marsaxlokk will give support to fishermen where they will also have a place to store the fish which are caught illegally, for better enforcement in this sector.
In Malta and Gozo, around 800 fishing vessels have been registered while around 800 fishermen work in this sector either full time or part time.