Thousands of Fish Escape Malta Farm During Storm
If there's a common complaint about diving around Malta and Gozo, it's that there's not as many fish as can be found in other places. That is, until now.
A huge storm on 24 February breached an enclosure at a fish farm near Xemxija, located in the northern region of the island of Malta. The storm was so severe, and the fish so plentiful, that local reports describe them as 'falling from the sky' as they were swept over the promenade.
Despite warnings not to eat the fish, residents turned out in their droves to capture the freak bonanza, causing local fishermen to bemoan the fact that nobody was buying their fish.
On a more positive note, the sudden explosion in the local population of sea bream - known locally as awrat - has been enjoyed by many visiting divers. 'Diving around Malta and Gozo has never been the most fishiest of dives until now,' said Richard King of Scuba Kings Gozo Dive Centre in Marsalform. 'But we recently came out of the Mgarr ix Xinni dive site with the most delighted try divers after seeing wall to wall fish!' added King.
'The tourists we are taking diving are being amazed and delighted to see huge shoals of sea bream that have escaped from the fish farm,' said King, in an interview with Gozo News. 'and it is making for some spectacular diving.'