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Oct 2020 – Shrinking Maltese Beaches: What can be done?

Date & Time: Wednesday, 7th October, 7.30pm

Venue: Spazju Kreattiv, Studio B 

The sandy beaches of our Maltese Islands have long been experiencing loss of sand, for numerous reasons. Most of this loss lies at the feet of anthropogenic activities, such as alteration of valley courses, removal of seaweed banks from beaches and road construction on the backshore.

Presently, only 2.5% of the Maltese coastline comprises of sandy and pebble beaches, and this is set to continue decreasing even further. But what can be done? Is beach replenishment a feasible option? Several attempts at beach replenishment have been undertaken in coastal areas around the Maltese Islands; What does ‘success’ mean? And what are the differences between the beach replenishment works carried out at St George’s Bay and those made elsewhere around the Maltese Islands? 

On Wednesday the 7th of October 2020, Malta Cafe Scientifique presents marine ecologist Prof. Joseph A. Borg who will be leading a talk on this topic.