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Mepa says boats to be banned from Gnejna if turtles hatch
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority announces that over the coming three weeks, boats may be prohibited from Gnejna if turtles hatch.
10 August 2012, 12:00am
The authority explained that such activities in Gnejna will be prohibited at particular hours when and if the turtles hatch.
In June, Gnejna Bay had been declared an emergency conservation area to ensure that the maximum protection is rendered to the site where a marine turtle laid a number of eggs.
In today's statement, Mepa said the precaution was needed since young turtles swim out at sea right after hatching and risk being killed.
Part of the line designating the swimmers zone is being temporarily removed during this period for the same reason.
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