The Government of Georgia adopts a decree on the extensive aqua-culture regulatory rules and terms
The decree on the extensive aqua-culture regulatory rules and terms has been elaborated upon the initiative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and aims at ensuring legislative regulation of the respective matter. “Today, within the session of the Government of Georgia, we have adopted two regulations of high importance, which will complement enhancement of aqua-culture in Georgia. It is a rule for issuing permission on extensive aqua-culture rules and a technical regulation in general. The latter initiative and action will enable investors and incumbent industries to enjoy sustainable enhancement of the respective area. We have stressed out in our 10-year plan that Georgia will triple operation and will harvest more than 20 000 tonnes of aqua-culture. It is a detailed assessment, which will be possible through effective arrangements in ponds, as well as mariculture locations” – Minister Davitashvili stated. Extensive aqua-culture aims at ensuring fish populations at natural ponds (lake, river, swamp water) and artificial reservoirs (reservoirs, several streams and other ponds, except for aqua-culture constructions) through spawn, larva and upon providing natural food. Fish at the respective pond will be comprehensively depicted for complementing further increase in the future. The decree on the extensive aqua-culture regulatory rules and terms aims at determining participation rules among the administrative bodies, which shall be part to the process of issuing permits. The decree also sets permission terms for the latter bodies. An extensive permission will be issued for not more than 20 years. As set forth by the Law of Georgia on Licenses and Permits, the respective permission will be issued by the National Environmental Agency and upon inter-agency council’s recommendation. The decree will also determine rules for issuing permission for extensive aqua-culture, which will further facilitate the respective field.