For the laws and regulations concerning the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, see below.
This act is the primary piece of legislation for the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. It gives authority for most of the Department’s functions and activities. These include: recreational fishing, sea plant harvesting, training and development, licensing of buyers and processors, aquaculture, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board, and enforcement.
To download the Act, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statues/fishand.htm.
To download the Act's regulations, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/rxaa-l.htm#fishcr.
This new act and regulations, proclaimed on April 1, 2013, provide the tools for inshore fishers to strengthen their organizations. It enables accredited fisheries organizations to collect mandatory dues from license holders.
To download the Act, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/bills/61st_3rd/3rd_read/b098.htm.
These regulations outline the requirements for commercial fish buyers licences.
To download the regulations, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/fcrbuyer.htm.
The act outlines food safety requirements for all establishments that handle food for public consumption.
To download the Act, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statues/healthpr.htm.
To download the regulations, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/rxaa-l.htm#hlthprotect.
These federal regulations govern recreational fish species. They outline how many fish can be caught, where fish can be caught, and at what time of year.
To download the federal regulations, click http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-93-55/index.html.
This handbook provides all the rules and regulations regarding sport fishery in Nova Scotia.
Questions about this guide may be directed to:
These regulations provide the rules for fish processing facilities.
To download the regulations, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/fcrinspc.htm.
These federal regulations govern salmon. They outline how many fish can be caught, where fish can be caught, and at what time of year.
Atlantic Salmon Fishing Season: September 1 to October 31
To download the 2014 Salmon Regulations, click here
2013 Salmon Angling Seasons:
For all NS government legislation, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/sol.htm
For all NS government regulation, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regsxact.htm
Live Fish Possession
New regulations developed under the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act prohibit the possession of live fish in Nova Scotia. Read More
Click here (PDF) for Current Fees, pg. 433 and 434