Fish4tomorrow calls for zero tolerance on fish farm illegalities
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Fish4tomorrow, in a statement today said that it is surprised by the Planning Authority's decision to postpone their decision on revoking permits for local fish farms. Fish4tomorrow have subsequently called for fish farm operators to work more responsibly and for the Planning Authority to take a zero tolerance stance on illegalities.
The NGO said that it is aware of the potential of the aquaculture industry to alleviate pressure on wild fish stocks however they believe a lot of work still needs to be done to ensure this.
"Aquaculture, like agriculture, can have many benefits as a main producer of food for human consumption. Also like the agriculture industry, the aquaculture industry needs to be well monitored and controlled to avoid any negative impacts it has on the environment and, subsequently, the people who live and frequent the surrounding areas in which it operates," said JD Farrugia, the Fish4tomorrow Director .
He added that "fish farms operate and make use of a common resource, the sea. People therefore expect that that the people responsible for the farms operate in a respectful manner . Furthermore it is the Planning Authority's responsibility to ensure that the public's best interests are put first rather than the private sector's."
"Fish4tomorrow echoes the public's annoyance with the Planning Authority and is asking that abuses and illegalities, both on land and at sea, are not sanctioned but rather eliminated completely," Mr Farrugia concluded.