This report provides full account of the outcome of the derogation allowing a live-capturing season for seven finch species in Malta during Autumn 2016.
It has been compiled in addition to Malta’s formal derogation report submitted annually pursuant to Malta’s reporting obligation under Article 9 of Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009, on the Conservation of Wild Birds (hereinafter the Birds Directive). In this regard, this report considers various relevant aspects of the application of this derogation, including:
- an assessment of the conservation status of the seven finch species: Common Linnet (Linaria cannabina), European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus), Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) and European Serin (Serinus serinus);
- the decision-making process leading up to the decision to apply derogation;
- the special licensing process undertaken prior to application of derogation;
- the reported catches by the licensed live-capturers through a real-time game reporting system;
- the enforcement efforts in place to ensure the strict supervision of live-capturing during the season;
- the illegalities detected and corresponding enforcement action taken; and,
- the legal and other management aspects of relevance.