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Local questions Maltese sustainability protocols after spotting beautiful stingray at Blue Lagoon
Have you ever spotted one?

Jillian Mallia

Yesterday, a local spotted quite the magnificent creature in Blue Lagoon’s waters: a stingray. Sharing that it is a rare occurrence nowadays, he asks about sustainability protocols in relation to Maltese nature.

“Are there any NGO’s in charge of Comino or Maltese Nature in general who have any power to get the government to implement new sustainability protocols? I’d consider joining and helping,” Karl Pace asks in a post on Facebook.

“The obvious fact that less boats and less people are occupying and invading this tiny area, mostly for the sake of a few big companies getting rich, keeps wildlife away. Older guys remember the blue lagoon teaming with lobsters and octopus on the seabed, that now have vanished.”

“I’m sure there is a sustainable way for tourists and locals to enjoy places like these. Certain limits can be put in place, enforcement of laws against sound pollution and rubbish dumping. Only compostable material allowed to be sold from kiosks. Moorings instead of anchoring.”

Karl shares that he too benefits from bringing tourists out here, but notes there must be a way to safeguard Malta’s wildlife. “I also make money from taking people out on a boat, and would be happy to follow a sustainability protocol even if it means making less money. Maybe we can really learn something from this so-called pandemic and start enjoying a more natural planet.”

“It starts with all of us, by doing our part and not buying into capitalists businesses. And mostly by educating the next generation and allowing them to discover the beauty of untouched nature.”

23rd May 2020


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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