The prestigious Blue Flag for beach quality was raised at Ramla Bay in Gozo, on Saturday. Vincent Attard, Executive President/CEO of Nature Trust – FEE Malta presented the flag and award certificate to the Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli and Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri, who proceeded to hoist the flag signifying the start of the official Blue Flag season for Summer 2020.
Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri said that we obtained 3 Blue Flags – Ramla, Ħondoq ir-Rummien and Marsalforn, in a couple of years.
Minister Camilleri also said that together with MTA they are making sure that the beaches are safe and all regulations are being followed. Beach supervisors engaged will be observing and monitoring popular and also non-popular beaches this year. Around 80 applicants are being engaged for this.
He also said that Mġarr ix-Xini, Xlendi, Santa Marija and Blue Lagoon in Comino are also being taken care of to continue improve such beach spaces.
For the provision of lifeguards, beach supervisors and other expenses for beaches and bathing locations in Gozo and Comino, the MTA, is allocating a budget of more than €500.000 to the Gozo Ministry.
In addition to Ramla Bay, another 10 beaches were awarded this accreditation for the current year, having successfully fulfilled 29 criteria which include standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria.
The other Blue Flag beaches for this year are Buġibba Perched Beach, Fond Għadir (Sliema), Golden Sands Beach, Għajn Tuffieħa Bay, Mellieħa Beach, Qawra Point Beach, St George’s Bay (St Julian’s) and Westin Dragonara Beach Club St Julian’s, and Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay and Marsalforn Bay in Gozo.
Blue Flag beaches offer a safe and clean environment in which to enjoy the seaside. Regular water quality testing, lifeguard services, first aid stations, and services for the disabled ensure that beach users are offered an excellent service in any circumstance.
An adequate number of waste-separation bins, clean toilets and showers, and regular beach cleaning and sand sifting are all part of the high standard offered by Blue Flag beaches.