Recent increases in quota for ranching tuna in Malta has led to complaints in the Times of Malta about floating waste from tuna cages being blown by winds into beaches and bathing areas. Although this has been an issue for a number of years, little scientific work has been done to fully assess the problem. However, as the article highlights, Stirling Aquaculture undertook a study for the Government of Malta in 2011-12 which made recommendations for the establishment of new aquaculture zones, the relocation of some tuna farming sites and improvements to feeding practices to take account of wind and current patterns. The article questions why, four years on, the strategic recommendations have not yet been implemented.
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