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Designated restricted areas (swimming) 2024

Designated restricted areas (swimming) 2024

Transport Malta announced in a local notice to mariners No. 033 of 2024 a total of 17 sites reserved for swimmers, in which fishing and/or marine vessel navigation is not allowed. These sites are to be cordoned off with ropes and floating markers. The notice to mariners is attached below, and includes both GPS points Read More

ERA declares Fessej Rock as a Special Area of Conservation of National Importance

ERA declares Fessej Rock as a Special Area of Conservation of National Importance

In a notice published in the government gazette of the 22 March 2024, the Environment and Resources Authority declared Fessej Rock, located just under the South shore of Gozo, east of the exit of Mgarr ix-Xini as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) of National Importance. This SAC therefore now falls under the remit of Read More

Diving Strategy – Shore diving sites responsibility update – or is it?

Diving Strategy – Shore diving sites responsibility update – or is it?

As part of our continued chasing to ensure that the 2022 Diving strategy does not meet the fate of the 2012 one (mainly forgotten), we keep an eye on developments and prod sometimes to ask for updates. Whilst answers from the Malta Tourism Authority have not been forthcoming, rather, quite the opposite, questions made in Read More

Cirkewwa Lantern works

Cirkewwa Lantern works

The Cirkewwa Marine Park management has announced that next week works will start on the demolition and eventual replacement of the Lantern at the Cirkewwa Marine Park. During these works over the coming three days (1 – 3 April), for safety reasons, diving underneath the lantern general area is not recommended. The bathrooms during this Read More

Cirkewwa tragedy – questions to be answered

Cirkewwa tragedy – questions to be answered

The tragic death of a 45 year old diver at the Cirkewwa Marine Park on Tuesday 26 March 2024, which could have been worse had another 17 divers not been rescued or assisted in the rough seas at Cirkewwa has triggered plenty of discussions. Whilst initially some (including us) would have thought things just went Read More

Updated: Diver fatality in Ċirkewwa, 17 others rescued following a change in weather conditions

Updated: Diver fatality in Ċirkewwa, 17 others rescued following a change in weather conditions

Media announced that following a rescue operation at the Ċirkewwa Marine Park diving site, in the north of Malta, one diver was reported dead on arrival at hospital whilst another 17 were rescued with no critical injuries. Later in the day, news reports were updated with the information that the deceased diver is a 45 Read More

Man caught with staggering 1,000 protected sea urchins

Man caught with staggering 1,000 protected sea urchins

Newsbook reports today that the Environment and Resources Authority together with the police caught a diver with over 1,000 protected sea urchins in his possession off Zonqor Point, Marsascala. Sea Urchins have last summer been subject of a two-year harvesting moratoria, after a study carried out in 2019 revealed a miniscule amount of sea urchins Read More

Updated:Protest against the Minister’s balancing act: Fishing in conservation areas vs Diver Safety vs livelihood of fishermen

Updated:Protest against the Minister’s balancing act: Fishing in conservation areas vs Diver Safety vs livelihood of fishermen

As of Saturday 9 March 2024, 90 protest emails were sent – join them – read the below! Edit: a previous verison of this post had the Minister’s answer to the second question pasted incorrectly. Most divers were baffled with the unbelievable U-turn on fishing in conservation zones around wrecks which we reported on last Read More