The importance of the marine environment in securing livelihoods and ensuring good quality of life cannot be underestimated. Our oceans provide food, regulate climate, and sustain a wide range of economic sectors. It is also a known fact that marine waters are facing significant pressures and threats from human activities which need to be addressed through effective management and the protection of biodiversity. For this management to be effective, it must be based on a sound understanding of the marine environment and the pressures it faces.

This four year project contributes to the effective management and sustainable use of marine resources, through sustained environmental monitoring in marine waters with the aim to assess the state of Malta’s marine waters on a continuous basis, and address current knowledge gaps. Concrete data will be used to develop better management practices to address these pressures.

A large part of the project has been implemented through service contract CT 3031/2016, awarded to the Malta Marine Monitoring Consortium (M3C), with a value of €1,774,000 excluding VAT, partially funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for 2014-2020. The Managing Authority of the EMFF Operational Programme is the Funds and Programmes Division within the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA).

More information on the EMFF OP can be found here.

The project was launched on the 31st July 2017 and has been finalised in March 2020.

Following the closure of the above mentioned contract, additional monitoring and assessment are being sought as part of the project through separate procurement processes in 2020 and 2021, focusing on marine mammals and reptiles, seabirds and food webs.


The project centres around four main activities:

  • Implementation and updating of the monitoring programme
  • Development of a marine database system
  • Analysis of monitoring data, assessment of environmental status and proposals of environmental targets
  • Information and Publicity

More information on each of these activities can be found here.

Project Details

PROJECT TITLE Marine environmental monitoring: towards effective management of Malta’s marine waters
DURATION Q1 2017 – Q4 2021
EU CONTRIBUTION €1,368,750 (75% EU Funds)


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