Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture

  1. Dumping Day in Southwest Nova Scotia

    Lobster harvesters in southwest Nova Scotia laid their traps on November 30, on what is known as Dumping Day, to kick off the fall lobster season. The value of Nova Scotia’s lobster industry continues to grow, with exports totalling more than $579 million in 2014.

  2. 2016 Halifax Oyster Festival

    Learn more about The Coast's 2016 Halifax Oyster Festival.

  3. Fish Health Lab Receives Upgrades

    The province has invested in upgrades to the Provincial Fish Health Lab in Bible Hill.

  4. A New Approach to Aquaculture in Nova Scotia

    A message from Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell.

  5. The committee

    Committee Provides Advice to Government

    A recently formed committee of community, First Nations, industry, and municipal government representatives is providing advice on regulating aquaculture in Nova Scotia.

  6. Fall Salmon fishing on the way

    Fall Salmon fishing on the way

    When the air becomes fresh and the leaves to turn a mosaic of colours, Atlantic salmon return to many rivers across Nova Scotia.

  7. 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.

  8. Economic Impact

    Economic Impact

    The aquaculture industry was worth more than $60 million in 2014 and directly employed 606 men and women in full- and part-time positions. At present, there are 44 companies actively farming fish in Nova Scotia.




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.