Laws & Regulations

For the laws and regulations concerning the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, see below.


Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act

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.


Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act

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.


Fish Buyers Licensing and Enforcement Regulations

These regulations outline the requirements for commercial fish buyers licences.

To download the regulations, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/fcrbuyer.htm.


Health Protection Act (Food Safety)

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.


Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations

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.


Anglers' Handbook and Summary of Regulations

This handbook provides all the rules and regulations regarding sport fishery in Nova Scotia.

Download the Nova Scotia Anglers' Handbook & 2013 Summary of Regulations

Questions about this guide may be directed to:

Debbie White
Phone: 902-485-5056
Email: whiteda@gov.ns.ca

Regulation Maps:


Fish Inspection Regulations

These regulations provide the rules for fish processing facilities.

To download the regulations, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/fcrinspc.htm.


Salmon Regulations

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