Monitoring Results of Surface Waters (WFD first cycle)

Inland Surface and Transitional Water Monitoring (2012-2013)

View ReportBaseline Surveys for Inland Surface and Transitional Waters:

Hydromorphological, Physicochemical and Biological Quality Elements

Final Report February 2014
View ReportBaseline Surveys for Inland Surface and Transitional Waters:

Priority Substances and Certain Other Pollutants

Report of water quality surveys of inland waters undertaken during the period December 2011 to February 2012

Final Report May 2012
View ReportBaseline Surveys for Inland Surface and Transitional Waters:

Priority Substances and Certain Other Pollutants in sediments in inland surface and transitional waters (CT3048/2012)

Final Report December 2013
Coastal Water monitoring (2012-2013)
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Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Development of environmental monitoring strategy and environmental monitoring baseline surveys: Coastal Waters

Final Report September 2013
View ReportMonitoring of Nutrient Status and Eutrophication Status of Selected Coastal Areas

Final Report November 2013


Case Study Reports tackling coastal water quality

i. Landfills
View ReportAssessing the marine environmental quality of the coastal waters exposed to the Maghtab Solid Waste Disposal Site

Final Report June 2004
ii. Spoil Ground
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Report of a survey of the physical and biological characteristics of the seabed at the marine spoil ground and surrounding area, off the Grand Harbour, Malta

Final Report July 2008
iii. Aquaculture


View ReportMarine Environmental Monitoring Programme - Tuna Penning Farm NE Malta (Off St. Paul's Bay)

Final Report June 2004

iv. Ferry Development


View Report6th Surveillance Monitoring Report - Construction of new ferry terminal facilities at Cirkewwa

Final Report March 2006


Studies related to Marine Discharges

Malta’s obligations under the Land-based sources protocol of the Barcelona Convention

View ReportNational Baseline Budget of Emissions/Releases for SAP targeted pollutants (Version 27 Feb 2004)

February 2004

Within the framework of the implementation of the Strategic action Plan Programme (SAP) adopted by the 12th meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, Malta is expected to prepare a national Baseline Budget (BB) of emissions/releases for the SAP targeted pollutants covering all the substantial land-based sources. This BB together with a National Diagnostic Analysis (NDA) should form the starting point for the eventual formulation and implementation of a National Action Plan (NAP) for Malta for the reduction and elimination of land-based pollution.

View ReportNational Action Plan for Malta for the Reduction and Elimination of Land Based Pollution

January 2004

Within the framework of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) to address pollution from land based activities, as adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (Monaco, November 2001), Malta is in the process of formulating a National Action Plan (NAP) for the reduction and elimination of land-based pollution. The designated national authority for the coordination of this task is the Environment and Resources Authority.

View ReportNational Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment From Land-Based Activities

November 2005

In 1995, 108 countries including Malta and the European Commission, concerned about the state of the world's coastal and marine environments, adopted the Washington Declaration, and made a commitment to ensure that, through improved governance of coastal and marine environments, they would protect and preserve the marine environment from the impacts of land based activities. They agreed to implement a Global Programme of Action (GPA).

At the regional level, and as a contracting party to the Barcelona Convention, Malta signed and ratified the revised LBS protocol, which covers watersheds on the landward side of the Mediterranean. In effect the whole of Malta falls within the remit of the LBS protocol.
View ReportNational Marine Pollution Strategy to Control Direct Discharges into the Marine Environment

Final Report March 2003

Presentation - Consultancy on Matters Related to Direct Discharges to the Marine Environment

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The three main objectives of this report was to monitor direct marine discharges; to prepare a National Strategy for the control of direct marine discharges; and to assist industrial operators in the preparation of implementation plans with respect to the control of direct marine discharges, and advise on the implementation of these plans.

These objectives would enable the Environment and Resources Authority to come in full compliance with the obligations in the EU Aquis within the timeframes as specified in the NPAA
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Part 1 & Part 2
Assessing the Impact of Compliance with CD 76/464/EEC and other related Water Quality Directives with Reference to Marine Discharges In Malta

Final Report November 2000

The report carries out an appraisal on point sources of liquid discharges to the marine environment, and assesses the current load of effluents from such sources as arising from different industrial and other sectors. In doing so, it identifies per sector, those requirements for provisions and measures that have to be taken into account to ensure compliance with a range of EU water quality Directives which are relevant to marine discharges.

The relevant Directives were mainly: the Dangerous Substances Directive 76/464/EEC and its daughter Directives; the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive 91/271/EEC and the Water Framework Directive.

Monitoring under the Land-based sources protocol of the Barcelona Convention

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Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Monitoring Programme for Coastal Waters
June, October / November 2000 - Monitoring Coastal Waters Fourth Report

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May 2004 - Monitoring Coastal Waters Seventh Report

The present coastal water quality monitoring programme was initiated in February 1998 and since then data has been periodically presented in a number of reports. The present report is the 7th in this series. It presents data on environmental monitoring carried out in June 2003 and March 2004. It is to be considered as a follow-up to the previous reports and as such should be read in conjunction with them.

In June 1997, the Pollution Control co-ordinating Unit of the Environmental Protection Department entered into an agreement with the Marine Ecotoxicology Laboratory (Department of Biology) of the University of Malta, to jointly undertake a monitoring programme to assess environmental quality in local inshore waters.
View ReportMonitoring Pollution by Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Inshore Coastal Areas Around Malta

January 2003The aim of the project was to identify trends in levels of pollution by petroleum hydrocarbons in inshore coastal waters around Malta which are more likely to be exposed to risks of contamination. These sites (including, the main harbours) have been monitored in 1989 and more recently in 1993; to establish baseline data on the levels of such pollution in other areas which have not been monitored as yet; and to provide the necessary information on the basis of which an assessment of the degree of environmental damage resulting from future incidents of oil spillage, may be made.


Monitoring under the EU Environment Acquis – Bathing Water Regulations (L.N.380/2003)

The Bathing Water Directive (CD76/160/EEC) has been transposed as L.N. 380/2003 under the Public Health Act (Act XIII of 2003). The Environmental Health Directorate within the Ministry for Health carriers out annual monitoring of bathing waters.

View Report2003 - Report on physico-chemical monitoring (carried out by MNL)

View Report2004 - Report on physico-chemical monitoring (carried out by CEFIT, Italy)

View Report2005 - Report on physico-chemical monitoring (testing carried out by MNL)

View ReportRecreational Water Programme

Abstract Report on the Microbiological Quality for Bathing Water - Bathing Season 2004

This programme, (also carried out in collaboration with the Regional Health Inspectors and the Public Health Laboratory) ran on a regular weekly basis from 17 May and 24 October. Throughout this period, 87 official bathing sites were monitored.


EU Bathing water monitoring reports carried out by the Environmental Health Directorate can be accessible here.