Ramla, Hondoq and Marsalforn beaches awarded Blue Flag status

Ramla, Hondoq and Marsalforn beaches awarded Blue Flag status

12 beaches in Gozo and Malta have again been again awarded the International Blue Flag eco label for Sustainable Development by Blue Flag International.

3 beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status in Gozo, Ramla Bay, Hondoq Ir Rummien Bay and Marsalforn Bay.

Four main areas are audited with thirty two criteria, namely environmental protection and awareness on the beach and surrounding areas, Health and Safety, Sustainable beach management and accessibility to all and bathing water quality.

Blue Flag International congratulated Gozo and Malta for maintaining Blue Flag beaches. It also encouraged beach managers to consider including more beaches as is happening in the rest of the Mediterranean.

It noted that in the case of Malta, the country is “lacking behind in getting Marinas certified for Blue Flag.”

BF Marines guarantee a level of quality, sustainable development and commitment to keep seas clean. To date Malta does not have any Marina having the Blue Flag Eco label and Blue Flag urged Malta to “show its commitment to a cleaner seas.”

The Flag award ceremony will be held in Malta later on in May.

Beaches Awarded Malta were: Fond Ghadir Bay – Sliema; Westin Dragonara Resort beach St Juliana; St George s Bay St Julians; Qawra bay St Pauls Bay; Bugibba Perched Beach St Pauls Bay; Mellieha Bay Mellieha; Golden Sands Bay Mellieha; Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Mgarr and Islands Edge Beach (Paradise Bay Hotel) Mellieha.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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