Malta will receive €21.8 million from the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund.

Malta will receive €21.8 million from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFAF), the European Commission said in a statement.

Following the adoption of the Partnership Agreement 2021-2027 with Malta, the European Commission has adopted Malta’s EMFAF programme, implementing the EU policy priorities outlined in the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the European Green Deal. increase.

Malta’s total financial allocation to the program for 2021-2027 is €31.2 million over the next six years, of which the EU contribution is €21.8 million.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Marine and Fisheries said: Comprehensively manage marine protected areas and tackle the problem of marine litter. The program also supports actions to improve the sustainability and diversification of the aquaculture sector. “

The program will allocate 79.4% to support sustainable fisheries and the protection and restoration of the marine environment, and invest 14.6% in sustainable aquaculture and marketing, the commission said.

The program supports sustainable fisheries, including investments in key ports to meet landing obligations and improve health and safety. Improving fisheries selectivity, efficiency and decarbonisation; capacity building and advisory services. Strengthening fisheries management, data collection and research.

It also helps protect and restore aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems. This includes investing in marine protected areas and ensuring their management and restoration. Support for marine litter collection. The program also supports investments to support research and innovation for the development of sustainable aquaculture and diversification of aquaculture species.

Malta’s EMFAF program will contribute to the EU’s policy priorities outlined in the European Green Deal, Farm to Fork Biodiversity Strategy, the Commission said. Malta will receive €21.8 million from the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund.

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