The Malta Independent 20 October 2018, Saturday

12 beaches get Blue Flag status, Malta urged to show commitment to cleaner seas

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 12:04 Last update: about 7 months ago

12 beaches in Malta and Gozo have again been again awarded the International Blue Flag eco label for Sustainable Development, Nature Trust Malta said.

These are; Fond Ghadir, Westin Dragonara Resort beach, St George’s Bay, Qawra bay, Bugibba Perched Beach, Mellieha Bay, Golden Sands, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, Islands Edge Beach, Ramla Bay, Hondoq Ir-Rummien and Marsalforn Bay.

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The thirty two criteria that are audited cover four main areas, being Environmental protection and awareness on the beach and surrounding areas, Health and Safety, Sustainable beach management and accessibility to all and bathing water quality.

For the Northern Hemisphere, 3,687 beaches, 679 Marinas and 55 operator boats have been awarded. The Southern Hemisphere results will be announced towards October this year.

The Blue Flag International Jury encourages the countries to implement further on all Blue Flag guideline criteria.

Blue Flag International congratulated Malta and Gozo for maintaining and Blue Flag beaches. It encouraged beach managers to consider including more beaches as is happening in the rest of the Mediterranean.

Blue Flag also noted that in the case of Malta, the country is lacking behind in getting Marinas certified for Blue Flag.

Blue Flag Marinas guarantee a level of quality, sustainable development and commitment to keep our seas clean. To date Malta does not have any Marina having the Blue Flag Eco label.

Malta was also urged to show its commitment to cleaner seas.

The Flag award ceremony will be held in Malta later on in May

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