Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture

  1. Summer Fishing

    Summer Fishing in Nova Scotia

    With summer upon us, options still exist for anglers across Nova Scotia. Warm water species such as smallmouth bass and perch are eager to do battle in the heat of the summer.

  2. Nova Scotia's Learn To Fish Program

    One of the department’s most popular activities is the interactive Learn to Fish (L2F) program. Learn to Fish teaches children the basics of sportfishing, along with ethics and environmental stewardship.

  3. A New Approach to Aquaculture in Nova Scotia

    A message from Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell.

  4. Fisheries and Coastal Resource Act Amendments

    Fisheries and Coastal Resource Act Amendments

    An amendment to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act will allow a financial contribution to be collected on the sale of lobster, if the industry chooses to implement one.

  5. Economic Impact

    Economic Impact

    The aquaculture industry was worth more than $54.3 million in 2013 and directly employed 636 men and women in full- and part-time positions. At present, there are 44 companies actively farming fish in Nova Scotia.

  6. Sport Fishing Season in Nova Scotia Opens

    Sport Fishing Season in Nova Scotia Opens

    Nova Scotia’s sport fishing season is now open. Download your copy of the 2015 angler’s handbook at:




Aquaculture resources, site mapping tool, application process, veterinarian services, leases, licensing, permits, laws and regulations.



Lake inventory maps, sportfishing guides, event schedule, tackle program, special management areas, licences and regulations.

Commercial Fisheries

Commercial Fisheries

Commercial Fisheries resources, activities and events, licensing, permits, laws and regulations.