GTA calls for area around Azure Window collapse to be Marine Protected Area

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GTA calls for area around Azure Window collapse to be Marine Protected AreaThe Gozo Tourism Association has said today that although with the collapse of the Azure Window, Gozo has lost one of its iconic beauties, it seems from emerging underwater video footage another attraction has been created, as a legacy of this window.

The remains of the once majestic Azure Window have now formed themselves into an interesting dive, served with several pass or swim throughs.

To this end, the Gozo Tourism Association said that it is calling on the Government and all Authorities concerned, “to refrain from any form of intervention on this underwater area.”

The Gozo Tourism Association said that it is recommending that the Government declares the whole area as a Marine Protected Area, thus minimising the negative impact of fishing.

Furthermore, the Association added, it is also urging that the necessary resources are deployed in order to maintain and enforce this Marine Protected Area.

The GTA added that, the creation of such a natural dive site, will now enhance the already popular attraction of the Blue Hole which is already sought after by the divers who visit Gozo.

“Various species of marine life have already started inhabiting the area and in due course this will be another added underwater attraction for the diving tourist,” the Association said.

The Gozo Tourism Association concluded by saying that it “believes that at this point in time all tourism stakeholders should synergise their efforts and focus on promoting destination Gozo through its many unique selling propositions. The Island’s natural characteristics, the diversity and its authenticity, are the strongest marketing tools, Gozo is endowed with.”

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