Comino tuna fish farm gets 2-year temporary permit for relocation
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Planning permission for the temporary relocation of 6 tuna cages from the south Comino channel. has been given approval by the Planning Board today. The site at Comino is within a proposed Marine Conservation Area.
The PA said that the new site is approximately 5km offshore, outside Sikka l-Bajda. The permit, which is valid for two years, to relocate to this site, is an interim solution until the Department of Fisheries sets up a second aquaculture zone in the north.
The existing operations of the tuna farm will move to this new site to come in line with the agreement the fish farm operator had made with the Planning Authority.
“This will include the removal of all structures and equipment including mooring blocks, chains and ropes from the Comino site,” the PA said. It is calculated that the 6 tuna cages will reach a quota of 1500 tonnes of fish.
The Planning Board unanimously revoked 10 fish farm development permits last September, after it was found that they had been operating in breach of planning conditions.
“As a result, last summer the coastal bathing water, which is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, was negatively impacted,” the Planning Authority said.