The first confirmed and recorded turtle nest in Gozo in 70 years has led to the temporary suspension of the sand-sifting process at Ramla Bay.
Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri said that the Ministry took all the necessary steps to ensure that the area is placed under round-the-clock surveillance, whilst also appealing to the general public to not disturb the area.
The Sand Sifting process was due to take place, for the first time, this week, and its main aim is to remove waste such as plastics and cigarette butts from the sand.
Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia said that the nesting area within Ramla Bay, has been placed under an Emergency Conservation Order to ensure maximum safety for the nest, whilst adding that the loggerhead turtle played an important role in the marine ecosystem and was globally protected. Minister Farrugia also spoke of how important it is for the Maltese Islands’ bio-diversity to be protected at all times.