Mandate, Vision & Mission

Department Mandate

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has a legislated mandate to manage, promote, support and develop the fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural communities.

Department Vision

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture promotes Nova Scotia as Canada’s premier fish and seafood province.

Our vision includes:

An economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable aquaculture industry creating year-round jobs and increased wealth throughout rural coastal Nova Scotia.

A provincially managed recreational fishery that thrives on sustainability and diversity of its stock and client base providing exceptional, healthy, active outdoor activity to citizens and visitors, making Nova Scotia a destination of choice for sport fishing.

An organized, sustainable, profitable, market-focused marine fisheries sector producing innovative, high-quality products driving economic growth in coastal communities of Nova Scotia.

Department Mission

To foster prosperous and sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and food industries through the delivery of quality public services for the betterment of coastal communities and of all Nova Scotians.