Aquaculture Laws & 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, sea 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 13-member advisory committee is providing input to Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell.

Aquaculture Advisory Committee Members are:

  • Bernie Berry, Coldwater Lobster Association, Yarmouth
  • Paul Budreski, Aqua Delights Seafood Ltd., Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Christopher Clarke, mayor, Region of Queens Municipality
  • Lisa Dahr, Tourism industry Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • David Gray, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, Truro
  • Nell Halse, Cooke Aquaculture
  • Bruce Morrison, warden, Municipality of the County of Victoria
  • Chief Terrance Paul, Membertou First Nation
  • Raymond Plourde, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • 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

Related Documents

Science Advisory Committee

A new five-member committee provides a forum for ongoing discussion of the science of aquaculture and includes experts from the fields of oceanography, ecology, aquatic animal health and finfish and shellfish aquaculture. The committee will identify relevant issues that could be addressed through regulation and policy and will give recommendations to the minister on scientific aspects of regulating aquaculture development.

The members, who all hold doctorates, are:

  • David Gray, chair, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, Truro
  • Larry Hammell, associate dean, Graduate Studies and Research at the Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown
  • Bruce Hatcher, chair, Marine Ecosystem Research at Cape Breton University and chair of Bras D'Or Institute, Sydney
  • Jay Parsons, director, Aquaculture Science Branch, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa
  • Sarah Stewart-Clarke, assistant professor of shellfish aquaculture at Dalhousie University, Truro