Free palm fronds for Gozitan fishermen ready for Lampuki season
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With the Lampuki season fast approaching, the Ministry for Gozo will once again be assisting registered local fishermen by distributing free palm fronds.
In a statement the Ministry said that during the past months it has been cutting palm fronds from some of the many trees found around the island.
The Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana stressed that the action plan implemented by the Ministry for the protection of local palm trees is already achieving the desired results.
She explained that certain measures have been taken so that this type of tree is protected, thereby helping to alleviate the problems faced by Gozitan fishermen, and ensuring that local palm trees remain healthy.Dr Caruana went on to say that the Ministry for Gozo will continue to work tirelessly to improve the port facilities for fishermen.
“Interventions have been carried out to repair the slip-way at Mgarr harbour and tenders have also been published for the regeneration of the same area.” The Minister also mentioned the ongoing work by Transport Malta on the Xlendi jetty, as well the restoration to be carried out on the dry standing area in the same bay.
Applications for free palm fronds can be obtained from the Ministry for Gozo, the Government Experimental Farm in Xewkija, and the Fisheries Office at the Ministry for Gozo, in Marsalforn and Mgarr Harbour.
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri and George Scerri