The European Commission has promised to work with Maltese authorities on ways to tackle illegal fishing by Tunisian boats, which are undermining lampuki catches, according to the Nationalist Party.

MEP candidate Peter Agius said the Commission would take measures to address the difficulties faced by Maltese fishermen in spite of new regulations.

Mr Agius said that proof of Tunisian incursions had been submitted, saying that the cooperation of Tunisian authorities was imperative.

Measures might also be considered through the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, he said, adding that other species like swordfish might be affected as the same fishing equipment was used.

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