The grey mullet gets a bad rap in Malta but we dive deeper to uncover some of the secrets this fish has to offer.
At the last Annual General Meeting Anthony Debono, founder and chairperson of fish4tomorrow, stepped down after an exciting and prosperous 8-year run. I sat down with him to get the full story, his thoughts and his vision for the future.
fish4tomorrow has joined other environmental NGOs, including the WWF, Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana Europe and ClientEarth in issuing a joint letter to the EU Commissioner for Fisheries, Karmenu Vella. In it, we outline six points of action to be addressed by the Commission.
“Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing is one of the largest threats to the health of the oceans and the communities that live off of them. It has been a top priority for scientists, policy makers, fishers, and civil society alike. The allegations that a top government official and the world’s largest bluefin tuna operation are involved in the illegal trade of an already endangered fish is extremely serious and requires the appropriate response from both local government and the EU.”
Our first From Our Sea event of 2017 was slightly different to any others we've had so far. We moved away from the usual restaurant and wine set up and headed to Il-Pup. Here we paired our pub-style seafood dishes with local craft beers from Phoenix, Stretta and Lord Chambray.
fish4tomorrow is concerned by the Planning Authority’s decision to suspend their decision on revoking permits for local fish farms on the 6th September 2016. fish4tomorrow is calling for fish farm operators to work more responsibly and for the Planning Authority to take a zero-tolerance stance on illegalities.
After an eight month hiatus we revived the From Our Sea series by heading down to Grabiel in Marsascala.
In November, fishery managers and regulators will meet in Malta for the 24th annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). There they will decide whether to implement an electronic system to substantially reduce loopholes for illegal bluefin trade, particularly within the Mediterranean.
We mixed things up for our fourth edition. We were hosted by Rocksalt, a concept cafe in Sliema who served up a series of apperitivi and tasting dishes. All accompanied by some seriously good wine.
Our third event was an alfresco one in the Balluta square in St. Julians at Electro Lobster Project.
We headed to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk for our second From Our Sea event.
We launched the From Our Sea events at Rubino in Valletta. The aim of these events is to bring people closer to local, seasonal and sustainable seafood.
Following this week’s ICCAT meeting in Genoa, fifty fishing nations have subsequently agreed to increase the quota for bluefin tuna by 20% every year over the next three years, from 13,500 tonnes in 2014 to 19,296 tonnes in 2016. According to the EU the increase is considered to be “moderate and gradual” thus following the scientific advice put forward by last month’s report.
fish4tomorrow feels that Parliamentary secretary, Roderick Galdes should reconsider his stance on increasing the quota for bluefin tuna and instead heed proper scientific advice.
On the 29th September Karmenu Vella, Commissioner-designate for the environment, fisheries, and maritime policy faced a three-hour grilling session by MEPs as part of his confirmation hearing.
On Friday the 26th September, fish4tomorrow formed part of this year’s Science in the City festival to promote the launch of the Quickfish guide and website.
fish4tomorrow launch their new website along with the Quickfish Guide. A pocket guide for making environmentally conscious seafood choices.