Laws & Regulations

Review of Nova Scotia’s Aquaculture Regulations
Government is conducting a regulatory review of Nova Scotia’s aquaculture regulations.

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, marine plant harvesting, training and development, licensing of buyers and processors, aquaculture, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board, and enforcement.

Read the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act
Read changes to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act from May 2015

Nova Scotia Aquaculture Regulatory Advisory Committee

The provincial government has formed a committee of community, First Nations, industry and municipal government representatives to provide advice on regulating aquaculture in Nova Scotia.

The advisory committee is co-chaired by Chief Terrance Paul, Membertou First Nation and the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The main objective of the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Regulatory Advisory Committee (NSARAC) is to facilitate a multi-constituent forum for the discussion of the regulation of the aquaculture industry and to provide an effective conduit for the exchange of information regarding the regulation of the aquaculture industry between the government, First Nations, and stakeholders.

Aquaculture Advisory Committee Members are:

  • Paul Budreski, Aqua Delights Seafood Ltd., Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Lisa Dahr, Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • David Gray, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, Truro
  • Jeff Nickerson, Cooke Aquaculture, Bridgewater
  • Bruce Morrison, warden, Municipality of the County of Victoria
  • Carl Purcell, Nova Scotia Salmon Association, Chester
  • Lloyd Robicheau, lobster harvester, Lobster Fishing Area 32, Three Fathom Harbour
  • Edgar Samson, Premium Seafoods Group, Arichat
  • Tom Smith, Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Stewart Lamont, Tangier Lobster Limited, Tangier
  • Shannon Arnold, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Councillor Caron Ann Potter, Bear River First Nation
  • Orlando Fraser, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables

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Nova Scotia Aquaculture Science Advisory Committee

The science advisory committee is comprised of experts within scientific disciplines relevant to the regulation of aquaculture. The committee delivers science-based recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture to inform the development of the regulatory framework for aquaculture in Nova Scotia.

Science Advisory Committee Members are:

  • Dr. David Gray (Chair) – Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie Agricultural Campus
  • Dr. Amber Garber – Research Scientist, Huntsman Marine Science Centre
  • Dr. Larry Hammell – Associate Dean, Atlantic Veterinary College Graduate Studies & Research, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Dr. Bruce Gordon Hatcher – Director of the Bras d’Or Institute and Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, Cape Breton University
  • Dr. Jay Parsons – Director, Aquaculture, Biotechnology and Aquatic Animal Health Sciences Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Dr. Gregor Reid – Director, Centre for Marine Applied Research