Statement by the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Reference Number: PR182268, Press Release Issue Date: Oct 19, 2018
 
With reference to a press statement by EUROPOL on 16th October 2018, the Government of Malta, through its competent authorities, is currently collaborating with the European authorities in the ongoing investigation Operation Tarantelo. The Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change is following closely the investigation and remains fully committed to promoting sustainable practices in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors through rigorous controls and procedures. Any form of illegality in the fishing and tuna farming industries undermines its sustainability and cannot be tolerated. 

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is persistently undertaking control measures to deter abuses and taking immediate legal action against any defaulters.  The Department will also cooperate with the tuna operators to promote sustainable practices within the framework of the applicable rules.