The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture is investing half a million euros to provide 80 harbor piers with water and electricity to registered fishermen.
This news was announced by the Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Agriculture and Animal Rights, Alicia Bugeja Said.
“Such investments have a direct impact on the fishing industry. Along with improved port infrastructure, fishermen will receive assistance to enable them to carry out their work in a more competitive and sustainable manner,” Bugeja Said said.
She further asserted that “by simplifying the work, we then offer a better quality of life to our fishermen”.
After consulting several fishermen from different localities, they understood the need for these services. Therefore, by the end of the year, there will be 80 port piers that will be accessible to provide water and electricity services to all registered fishermen.
To access these services, fishermen will receive an electronic chip which will be provided to the Department.
Hydraulic and electrical terminals will be installed in these ports: Marsaxlokk, Marsaskala, Birzebbuga, Zurrieq, Ghadira, St. Pauls Bay, St Julian’s, Msida, Marsamxett and Marsa.
These services will help fishermen upstream of the fishery, when unloading their fish, but also for maintenance.
Additionally, they claimed that the water supply ensures higher levels of sanitation during operation and for the product itself.