AD calls for investigation on tuna farms in Malta

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Blue fin tunaHereunder is a copy of a letter sent to EU Commissioners Borg and Dimas calling on them to investigate allegations on tuna farms in Malta.

To Commissioners Joe Borg, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Stavros Dimas, Environment

Dear Commissioners Borg and Dimas,

I am writing to you in the name of Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party of Malta in order to initiate an investigation into the allegations that certain Malta Tuna fish farms have been declaring false amounts of catches of tuna to the EU Commission.

These allegations have been brought up and documented in various issues of the newspaper “Malta Today” and, though still to be officially proven, seem to have a sound scientific basis, since the paper has commissioned a scientific study by a foreign expert and organization that has concluded that “not one of these (Malta tuna) farms has declared its actual capacity to the international regulator, as required by both ICCAT regulations and EU directives”.

Apart from the alleged incorrect declarations of tuna catches by Malta tuna farms, the revelation on Sunday 31 August by Malta Today ( http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/2008/08/31/t9.html ) that the Malta Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs has allegedly made a false declaration to the European Commission’s fisheries directorate by declaring two non existent tuna farms amongst Malta’s registered tuna ranches is of an extremely serious nature.

Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party therefore asks the Commission to immediately investigate these serious allegations brought up by “Malta Today” not only to evaluate whether there have been any fraudulent dealings at the expense of the Maltese and European taxpayer, but also to ensure that the biodivrsity of the Mediterranean sea surrounding us is safeguarded.

Looking forward to a speedy assessment of the situation on your part, I remain,

Yours Sincerely,

Arnold Cassola Chairperson,
Alternattiva Demokratika
The Green Party
Malta

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