Adapted from the article published by the Montenegrin government.
On 16 September 2021, the Montenegrin Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism proclaimed the estabishement of Katič Nature Park, the second marine and coastal protected area in Montenegro. Nature Park Platamuni was the first MPA declared on 22 April this year.
The Katič area is designated for protection because of the value of its biodiversity, especially the Posidonia oceanica meadows, coralligenous biocenoses near the island of Veliki Katič (Donkova Seka) and in the bay of Maljevik (near Cape Krčevac, the bay of Vezirovo sidrište and Cape Dubovac) as well as caves, in particular in the bay of Perčin.
The total area of the Nature Park Katič is 2,744.93 ha. Of that, 276.90 ha are in the II protection zone, while in the III zone there are 2,468.29 ha, of which 2,291.77 ha at sea.
Level II protection regime represents an active protection and implies possible interventions for the purpose of restoration, revitalisation and overall improvement of the condition of the protected area; controlled use of natural resources, without consequences for the primary values of natural habitats, populations and ecosystems.
Level III protection regime represents sustainable use and implies selective and limited use of natural resources, which enable functional-ecological connection and integrity of the protected area.
The protection of this area has been discussed for many years with an active role of several players: national institutions, primarily the Institute of Marine Biology and the Environmental Protection Agency, NGOs, among which Green Home and MEDCEM, as well as international organisations that have provided technical support over the years and provided data collection relevant to the Study. The UN Office for the Environment in Vienna and the ongoing project “Promoting the management of protected areas through integrated protection of marine and coastal ecosystems in the coastal area of Montenegro” was also a strong support. The proclamation of the third marine protected area in Montenegro, Stari Ulcinj, an area under the threat of numerous pressures, is planned by the end of the year.
Nature Park Katič is managed by the Public Institution for Management of Marine Assets of Montenegro, in accordance with the Law on Nature Protection.