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KARL AZZOPARDI MALTESE lampuki fishers are seeing their catches plundered by Tunisian counterparts in what is a veritable war on the high seas, MaltaToday has learnt. The situation is tense with Maltese fishers reporting be- ing threatened by the Tuni- sians wielding machetes and Molotov cocktails. Fishers have also docu- mented the presence of a large, green Tunisian vessel, nicknamed Bin Laden, which threatens to ram Maltese boats. Earning its nickname from a drawing of the notorious bearded terrorist on the side of its cabin, this 65-foot vessel is called on by the Tunisians when they need added muscle to keep the Maltese at bay. Fisherman Anthony Zammit said Tunisians departing from the port city of Sfax, were fish- ing off the floats laid out by Maltese fishers. While fishing off the floats of others is not strictly illegal, Zammit said the Tunisians were destroying the floats and lines in the process of haul- ing in their catch, and using strong-arm tactics to stop the Maltese from accessing their equipment. The Tunisians fishers gather in droves along the lines laid out at angles defined by the Maltese au- thorities. maltatoday 2 today SUNDAY • 8 SEPTEMBER 2019 • ISSUE 1036 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY PHOTO ZAK FARRUGIA today today SAY IT LOUD! A beautiful day to say 'enough is enough' in protest that called time on rule of developers PAGE 3 Enough is enough! INSIDE MT2 YOUR FIRST READ AND CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT maltatoday 2 The all new pull-out section INSIDE • LISTINGS • TV • LAW • CLASSIFIEDS Malta Book Festival 2019 Special guest Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Q and A Ryan Falzon This Week Theatre director Michael Fenech Film Transit €1.95 EXCLUSIVE Gozitan fi shing grounds plundered mercilessly by Tunisian 'armada' of poachers who steal annual lampuki catch • Witnesses say poachers are protected by the 'Bin Laden', the nickname for the ramming boat threatening Maltese fi shermen War on the high seas against Tunisian fishing poachers mt survey INK NATION The MaltaToday Survey on tattoos PGS 14-15 out at angles defined by the Maltese au- PGS 6-7 JEAN- PIERRE MAGRO Bringing the Sette Giugno to the silver screen PAGES 16-17 T. 2379 4794 | | Y E A R S O F R E A L E S T A T E 1 9 6 9 2 0 1 9 For the last 50 years we have put integrity at the core of everything we do, driven to give you more than you expect. Local. Experienced. Personal. Frank. Since 1969.

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