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Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Jim Barkhouse today introduced
legislation that consolidates and updates existing provincial
statutes governing the fishing and aquaculture industries.

The Nova Scotia Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act is the result
of a year-long process of extensive consultation with fish
harvesters, plant operators, aquaculturists, sportfishing groups
and community groups, said Mr. Barkhouse. "We are confident that
the result of these efforts is a piece of legislation that will
support and guide the industry as it moves into the 21st
century," he said. 

In accordance with provisions of the act, the Department of
Fisheries will change its name to the Department of Fisheries and
Aquaculture. The new departmental title reflects changing needs
and trends in the traditional fishery and growing aquaculture
sector, the minister said.

Mr. Barkhouse said the new legislation stresses the commitment by
the province to work with coastal communities in building a
strong, vibrant economy and create long term jobs.

"Fishing is the economic backbone of our coastal communities and
it is vital that Nova Scotians and government work together to
build on successes and explore new economic opportunities," he

Nova Scotia has the most valuable fishery in Canada with seafood
exports generating over $800 million a year for the provincial

Diversification is the key to strengthening the fishery and
growing the economy, said the minister. Traditional fishers
harvest over 40 different species of fish and shellfish and the
province is working with industry to develop new fisheries for
non-traditional species such as crab, shrimp, and sea urchins.
Processing plants are exploring new ways to add value to their
products. Sportfishing and ecotourism, together with the growing
aquaculture sector are creating new opportunities for jobs, he

Mr. Barkhouse emphasized the growing awareness by governments and
communities of the need to work together to protect ecosystems
and develop coastal resources in a responsible fashion.

"The legislation introduced today supports the need for such
partnerships particularly in the area of enforcement," he said.

Fines and penalties for offenders are increased under the new
legislation. In addition, fisheries inspectors will be designated
as peace officers to enable them to effectively carry out duties
and responsibilities.

The  Fisheries Organizations Support Act, passed in 1995, is not
part of the new act.


Contact: David Hansen  902-424-0337

         Diane Kenny   902-424-0308

trp                      Nov. 26, 1996 - 3:30 p.m.