Reference is made to alleged sea slime appearing along the Maltese coast.

The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) would like to indicate that all fish farm operators are inspected at least three times a week by its officers, in order to ensure that permit conditions are observed.

All feeding procedures are being undertaken in order to reduce fat-laden thaw water from bait fish, from reaching the sea. Any fish remnants resulting during the feeding process is collected by cleaning vessel that patrol the perimeter of the fish farms.

Slime that was observed on Saturday in Marsascala was cleaned up by the Federation of Maltese Aquaculture Producers (FMAP). Other slime that was reported today turned out to be a bloom of blue green algae.