Analysis of eu and montenegro legislation for organic aquaculture with protocol for organic shellfish breeding

Organic production is a comprehensive system of farm management (aquaculture) and food production,
which combines best environmental practices, high levels of biodiversity, conservation of natural
resources, application of high standards of animal welfare, and the method of production is in line with
the desire of certain consumers to use products that are produced using natural substances and based
on natural processes.

Organic production plays a significant dual social role, providing on the one hand a specific market that
responds to consumer demand for organic products, and on the other hand providing public goods that
contribute to environmental protection, animal welfare and rural development.

Organic production in Montenegro represents relatively young branch of production, while in other part
of the world, organic production is fast growing sector, that actually represents the answer on more
pronounced disturbed state of the environment, , on worsen food quality and destruction of human
healt and increasing threats to human health.

Organic production is regulated by the law, which includes control and certification of production and its
products (control “from field to table”), also represents continuous process that is not at easy at al.
Montenegro has good preconditions for development of qualitative, health safe, organically sertificated
food, so its neccessary to work on educating all actors.

Good potential for beginning and developing of organic aquaculture in Montenegro is evident, first of
all taking in account favorable environmental conditions. On the other hand, taking into account the
method of farming of shellfish in Montenegro, as well as achieved standards when is the safety of selling
products is questioning, it can be said that shellfish have good potential to be first organically
certificated aquaculture product in Montenegro.

For these reasons, there is a need to develop the manual (protocol), which can provide necessary
informations and to help farmers who intend to engage organic production.

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(document by University of Montenegro – Institute of Marine Biology Kotor)

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