Over 15,000 palm leaves given to fishermen ahead of mahi-mahi season

Credit: Pierre Sammut

A few days prior to the opening of the mahi-mahi (lampuki) season, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries Clint Camilleri attended the blessing of several fishing boats. In the past days, over 15,000 free palm leaves were given to fishermen.

During the past days, the Department of Fisheries together with AmbjentMalta and the Directorate of Diversification and Competitiveness prepared 15,500 ‘phoenix canariensis’ palm leaves which were then given to many fishermen free of charge. Palm leaves are used to attract mahi-mahi fish.

The process began weeks ago, where AmbjentMalta workers researched which palm trees can be pruned so that the leaves can be taken without causing any damage to the trees. The exercise was a result of a collaboration between local councils, fishing cooperatives and multiple government and private entities.

The leaves were taken to Għammieri, were they were then distributed among many fishermen. The donated palm leaves make it easier to catch mahi-mahi fish since they are attracted to shade.

Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri stated that both he and Government will continue to strive in favour of sustainability in this sector.