These are the leading stories in local newspapers this Friday.

The Times of Malta reports that fish farm producers are refining and selling slime which they collect from fish farm pens and their surroundings, with the oily substance making its way into health products, among other things.

In a separate story, the newspaper highlights criticism which the Church’s environmental commission reserved for the government over its decision to “steamroll” over planning process by widening Triq Tal-Balal before it had a permit to do so.

The Malta Independent also reports on fish farms, with the industry saying that a long-term solution to completely eradicate much-maligned sea slime is “possible”.

In a secondary story, the newspaper writes that the environmental regulator has raised serious concerns about a proposed agri-tourism development.

L-Orizzont highlights economic growth, which reached 5.9 per cent in the year’s second quarter, with the newspaper saying Malta’s economy grew three times the EU average.

In-Nazzjon splashes with a large photo of a wreath-laying ceremony to mark Victory Day which was held at the Great Siege Monument on Thursday evening. Activists again turned the site into a makeshift memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia later that night.