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11/11: Towards the development of MPAs in Montenegro

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Within the framework of the MedMPAnet Project, RAC/SPA has actively pursued close collaboration with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and concluded the signature of a Memorandum of Cooperation including the main activities to be undertaken.

In this regard, a rapid assessment of natural habitats along the coast of Montenegro has been undertaken with the involvement of national experts from the Institute of Marine Biology Kotor and NGO Nautilus along with international experts recruited by RAC/SPA. 

This rapid assessment survey (from 25th October to 3rd November 2011) aim helped to finalize a natural habitats assessment along the coast of Montenegro, including notably the areas not covered in 2008 RAC/SPA field survey and better assessment of Kotor bay.mont1bigDuring the 8 field work days, totally 12 dives were performed. They have permitted collecting information on the most important benthic and fish assemblages, dominant macro flora and fauna, protected species and providing photo documentation. 

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