Funds Unit

Funds Unit

The Funds Unit section is in charge of managing and implementing both EMFF and Nationally funded projects.

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Between 2007 and 2013 the Funds Unit section within the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture managed a number of projects which were co-financed by the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) 2007-2013.

The following is a list of successfully concluded projects: 

EFF311 - Upgrading of Landing Facilities at Mġarr, Gozo

This project was aimed at developing all the required infrastructure at the biggest designated fishing port in Gozo, that of Mġarr. The implementation of this project has had a positive impact on the working conditions of the fisheries control officers and also improved their monitoring capabilities.

EFF312 - The Building of a Fish Market and the Infrastructure of Marketing and Processing Plant

The scope of this project was that of relocating the auction sale activity of the old Valletta fish market to a more modern facility in Marsa. The new fish market was also equipped with state of the art equipment.

EFF313 - Enhancing Fish Consumption through Education/Awareness and Diversification

This project contributed towards more sustainable fishing efforts, diversification of fish types and fish products being sold in the local market, whilst increasing sector competitiveness. Through the use of publicity and marketing strategies, this project focused on making the general public more aware of the nutritional benefits of fish.

EFF315 - Upgrading of Designated Ports at Marsa, St Paul’s Bay and Marsascala

The main scope of this project was that of developing the necessary infrastructure in three designated ports being:  Marsa, St. Paul’s Bay and Marsascala, thus facilitating landing and control activities .

EFF316 - Development of Infrastructure at the Marsaxlokk Designated Port

The main scope of this project was that of developing the necessary infrastructure to improve the service provision of fish landing in Malta’s busiest designated port. The implementation of this project has facilitated the landing of fish in Marsaxlokk,


The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is the fund for the EU's Maritime and Fisheries Policies for 2014-2020. It is one of the five (5) European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds which complement each other and seek to promote a growth and job based recovery in Europe.

Under the EMFF Operational Programme, Malta has been allocated a contribution of €22,627,422 (EMFF share).

The EMFF Fund aims to fulfil the following objectives: 

  • ​Helps fishermen in the transition to sustainable fishing;
  • Supports coastal communities in diversifying their economies;
  • Finances projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts;
  • Makes it easier for applicants to access financing.

The EMFF Operational Programme 2014-2020 has six Union Priorities being:

  • Union Priority 1 – Promoting environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based fisheries.
  • Union Priority 2 – Fostering environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based aquaculture.
  • Union Priority 3 – Fostering the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy
  • Union Priority 4 – Increasing employment and territorial cohesion
  • Union Priority 5 – Fostering marketing and processing
  • Union Priority 6 – Fostering the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy

Approved EMFF Projects currently being implemented by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Funds Unit):

  • EMFF 1.23.1 - The Construction and Finishing of an Office on the Fish Landing Site in the Marsaxlokk Designated Port
  • EMFF 1.4.1 - Training for Fishers
  • EMFF 4.3.1 - Publicity Campaign (Nesploraw flimkien it- Teżori tal- Baħar!
  • Control Operations as listed in the EMFF Operational Programme 2014-2020 

Approved National Projects currently being implemented by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Funds Unit):

  • The construction of a Control Hub (National Project)
  • Fishing for Litter Scheme (National Project) 
  • Boat Restoration Scheme (National Project)
  • Construction of a New Boat Yard in Marsaxlokk (National Project)
  • Refurbishment of the Hard Standing Facility in Marsaxlokk (National Project)
  • Others projects​