Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri and Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia paid a visit to Ramla Bay in Gozo, to see the location where a loggerhead turtle laid eggs.
This is the first recorded and confirmed nest in Gozo in 70 years.
Following the reports of the nesting on Friday night, the eggs are being monitored by the Environment and Resources Authority.
The destruction of eggs or taking of eggs from the wild is strictly prohibited and constitutes a criminal offence. The national ‘Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations’ sets a minimum fine of almost €500 and can go up to nearly €2,400 for each egg that may be destroyed or taken from the wild.
The area where the loggerhead turtles has laid its eggs is also a protected area under the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549) and a Natura 2000 site through the EU Habitats Directive.
ERA has called on the public to cooperate in order to reduce the negative impact which may pose a threat to the turtle eggs. Excessive noise and trampling in the nesting area as well as unnecessary artificial lighting may pose a danger to turtle eggs and any hatchlings which may emerge.
Any illegality should be reported immediately to ERA on tel. no: 99210404 or email: email@example.com.