Traditional blessing opens lampuki season
Colourful fishing boats in Marsaxlokk harbour were blessed by the parish priest of the fishing village this evening before they set off for their first lampuki catch of the season.
The boats were ready to go, heavily laden with stone slabs used as weights for the nets, floats and palm fronds which provide shade under which the fish gather and get trapped in kannizzati nets.
The season continues up to December.
Fishermen are hoping for a good season after landings dropped by as much as 70 percent last year, mostly due to bad weather.
Lampuki, also known as dolphin fish or dorado, grow from pinhead-sized dots to three kilogrammes in six months.
Parliamentary Assistant Philip Mifsud attended this evening's ceremony.