Blue Campaign

10 Oct

“Fished out…?” Conference 25 March 2011

The “Fished Out…?” conference took place to a packed Neptune hall at the Intercontinental Hotel on the 25th March 2011. Organised by Din l-Art Helwa to debate the state of the world’s fisheries, in particular as it related to the Mediterranean and to Malta, the...

10 Oct

Malta against smaller tuna quotas

Malta is resisting a further reduction in the tuna catches quota proposed by the EU for next year’s tuna season. It is insisting that there is clear scientific evidence that tuna stocks are recovering. Rural Affairs Minister George Pullicino told his colleagues during an EU Fisheries Council in Luxembourg that “further cuts at this stage are not justified”. He appealed to the...

10 Oct

EU may slash bluefin tuna quota in 2011

The European Commission may substantially slash its fishing quota for bluefin tuna next year to ensure the long-term sustainability of the endangered fish, a spokesman said. The European Union’s executive arm is working on proposals for the next meeting of International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) between November 17 and 27 in Paris, spokesman Oliver Drewes told AFP. The...

10 Oct

Winners of Din l-Art Helwa 2009 Marine Photographic Competition

WINNERS OF DIN L-ART HELWA 2009 MARINE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Din l-Art Helwa Award has announced the winners of the 2009 Marine Photographic Competition, an annual event organized by the heritage organization as part of its Blue Campaign in order to raise awareness about the importance and state of the coastline and surrounding waters of the Maltese islands. This year a total...

10 Oct

European Commission wants tuna trade ban from next year

Times of Malta 22 February 2010 – The European Commission today proposed that the European Union should press for a ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna to come into force next year. The Commission said it was deeply concerned that the overfishing of Atlantic bluefin tuna, driven mainly by international trade, was seriously depleting stocks of the species. The proposal...

10 Oct

Campaign swings in favour of Blue Fin tuna

DLH Press Release 12 February 2010 –   The campaign to save Blue Fin Tuna from extinction is swinging in support of the species as Din l-Art Helwa applauds the European Parliament’s decision in favour of an international trading ban whilst allowing traditional coastal catch to continue.   This is a considerable step forward, says the NGO, in the process of including Blue Fin...

10 Oct

End of the road for the Bluefin tuna

Din l-Art Helwa Press Release 2 November 2009   The Bluefin tuna is heading for imminent extinction if international trading of the species is not completely stopped for a few years so that the breeding stock can build itself back up to sustainable levels, the environmental NGO Din l-Art Helwa declared. In 2007, the proportion of breeding tuna was only 25% of...

10 Oct

2008 Blue Campaign Photographic Competition for the Marine Environment

For the second consecutive year Din l-Art Helwa is organizing a photographic competition for the marine environment in order to raise awareness about the importance and state of the coastline and surrounding waters of the Maltese islands. This initiative constitutes part of the Blue Campaign undertaken by the heritage and environmental organization and is...

10 Oct

Illegal tuna fishing persists south of Malta – Oceana

The Malta Independent, 20th June 2008, by David Lindsay – International marine conservation group Oceana yesterday reported it had collected evidence that Italian, Turkish, Tunisian and Libyan vessels continue to fish tuna with purse seine nets despite the season having been closed prematurely by the European Commission. In a statement issued yesterday, the group said that as part of its blue...