The Malta Independent 17 July 2019, Wednesday

12,161 licences for hunters and trappers in Malta

Monday, 15 April 2019, 17:52 Last update: about 4 months ago

Data tabled in parliament showed that there are currently 12,161 individuals with a license valid for hunting and trapping, 10,637 licences for general hunting, and 4,537 licenses for general trapping of birds, as taken from the Wild Birds Regulation Unit.

Information on licenced hunters and trappers were presented by  Minister for Environment Jose Herrera in a reply to a parliamentary question by PN MP Edwin Vassallo.


General hunting includes hunting for birds on land, at sea, wild rabbit and catching wild rabbit with a net.

It was also clarified that individuals could have both a licence for hunting, and one for trapping, meaning that the total amount of licenses mentioned might not necessarily amount to the total number of licenced persons.


20 wild bird exemptions

There have also been 20 exemption related to wild birds from the beginning of 2017 till the end of 2018.

2017 saw 13 exemptions in total, whilst 2018 saw that number almost half at 7 total exemptions.

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