Minister Anton Refalo launched extension services in the fisheries sector during a press conference in Marsaxlokk, the fishermen’s village. The minister said that these services are part of a restructuring strategy of the Department of Fisheries, adding that the government wants to offer the best services to our fishermen while working to guarantee a sustainable sector which is of high importance.
The service which is going to be provided by the extension services will increase efficiency while focusing mainly on the fishermen’s needs. The minister added that the fishing sector is very particular, especially the Maltese sector, on a small scale and artisanal. Therefore, there is a need for more efficiency and aids that lead to an improvement in the fishermen’s own operation.
Minister Refalo mentioned a number of services which will be provided and announced that shortly two more offices will open, one in St Paul’s Bay and one in Marsaxlokk, thus implementing the strategy of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture which operates as closely as possible to the fishermen.
Minister Refalo also mentioned the fishermen’s sufferings due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the government is working on mechanisms for fishermen to receive the necessary help they deserve. He announced that for this year only, professional fishermen will not be subject to sales scrutiny.
Minister Refalo concluded by reaffirming his input and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture’s full commitment to work, ensure, and guarantee the future of fishermen and their families.