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Aquaculture Lease and Licence Public Information

As a result of the new regulations Nova Scotians will have more input than ever before in aquaculture. Watch this space for administrative hearings for all renewals, community liaison committee meetings and hearing dates for the Independent Review Board.

If the public is concerned about something they feel is not in compliance with the regulations, there is a toll free line they can now call 1-877-936-8476.



Aquaculture Lease and Licence Decisions

The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture invites members of the public to provide written comment on aquaculture applications. To be considered by the Administrator, a written submission from a member of the public must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. it must identify the person making the comments and include contact information (mailing address, civic address, phone number, e-mail);
  2. it must describe how the person making the comment is connected with the matter to be determined;
  3. it must be submitted within the 30-day period specified in the notice published
  4. for marine sites it must be in relation to 1 or more of the following factors to be considered by the Administrator when making a decision:
    1. the optimum use of marine resources;
    2. the contribution of the proposed operation to community and Provincial economic development;
    3. fishery activities in the public waters surrounding the proposed aquacultural operation;
    4. the oceanographic and biophysical characteristics of the public waters surrounding the proposed aquacultural operation;
    5. the other users of the public waters surrounding the proposed aquacultural operation;
    6. the public right of navigation;
    7. the sustainability of wild salmon;
    8. the number and productivity of other aquaculture sites in the public waters surrounding the proposed aquacultural operation

File # Applicant Type Species Location
AQ#0020 Assignor: Atlantic Shellfish Products Incorporated(current ownership); Assignee: Atlantic Shellfish Products Incorporated(prospective ownership) Assignment Blue mussel, American oyster Tatamagouche Bay, Cumberland County
AQ#0328 Alex A. Dunphy Amendment- Change cultivation method to authorize suspended cultivation of American oyster on a portion of the site American oyster Aspy Bay (South Harbour), Victoria County
AQ#0496 Stephen Sober Amendment- Change cultivation method to authorize suspended cultivation of American oyster on a portion of the site American oyster South Denys Basin, Inverness County
AQ#0692 Premium Seafoods Limited Amendment Addition of Sugar Kelp Arichat Harbour, Richmond County
AQ#1190 James Crawford Amendment- Change cultivation method to authorize suspended cultivation of American oyster on a portion of the site American oyster Portage Inlet, Inverness County
AQ#1225 MacKinnon Harbour Survival Association Amendment- Change cultivation method to authorize suspended cultivation of American oyster on a portion of the site American oyster MacKinnon Harbour, Victoria County
AQ#1229 Apaqtaukewaq Fisheries Co-op Ltd, Amendment- Change cultivation method to authorize suspended cultivation of American oyster on a portion of the site American oyster St. Peter's Inlet, Richmond County
AQ#1291 Waycobah First Nations Band Council Amendment- Change cultivation method to authorize suspended cultivation of American oyster on a portion of the site American oyster Whycocomagh Bay, Inverness County
AQ#1295 Waycobah First Nations Band Council Amendment- Change cultivation method to authorize suspended cultivation of American oyster on a portion of the site American oyster Whycocomagh Bay, Inverness County
AQ#1333 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Renewal Soft shell clam Yarmouth Harbour (Yarmouth Bar), Yarmouth County
AQ#1336 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Renewal Soft shell clam Yarmouth Harbour (Sand Beach), Yarmouth County
AQ#1343 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Renewal Soft shell clam Annapolis Basin (The Raquette), Annapolis County
AQ#1344 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Renewal Soft shell clam Yarmouth Bar, Yarmouth County

2018 Decisions

2018 Options Granted

File # Option Holder Option Location Species Option Period
AQ#1412 Longshore Fisheries Ltd. Sonora, Guysborough County Soft shell clam June 19, 2018 to December 19, 2018
AQ#1413 We'Koqma'q First Nation Band Council Whycocomagh Bay and Little Narrows Channel, Inverness County Rainbow Trout June 19, 2018 to December 19, 2018
AQ#1415 Michael Touesnard River Bourgeois, Richmond County American oyster August 24, 2018 - February 24, 2019
AQ#1416 Raymond Louis d'Entremont Lobster Bay, Yarmouth County American oyster August 24, 2018 - February 24, 2019

2018 Renewals Approved

Site Applicant Species Location Decision
AQ#0049 Indian Point Marine Farms Ltd. Blue mussel, European oyster, Giant sea scallop Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0074 Royal B. Stevens Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0075 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Limited Blue mussel, Bay scallop, European oyster, American oyster Wine Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#0112 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop Ship Harbour, Halifax County Decision Document
AQ#0191 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough Decision Document
AQ#0330 Dunphy's Oysters American oyster Aspy Bay, Victoria County Decision Document
AQ#0652 Blaine E. Bond Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, European oyster Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0664 Bay Enterprises Limited Blue mussel, American oyster, Bay quahog, Soft shell clam McNabs Bay, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#0683 Development Isle Madame Association Inc. Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop, Bay quahog Lennox Passage, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#0728 PEI Mussel Farms Incorporated Blue mussel and Giant sea scallop Lennox Passage, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#1037 Paul Belliveau Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, European oyster, Soft shell clam, American oyster St. Mary's Bay, Digby Co. Decision Document
AQ#1071 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited American oyster, Blue mussel Ship Harbour, Halifax County Decision Document
AQ#1113 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough Decision Document
AQ#1114 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough Decision Document
AQ#1291 Waycobah First Nations Band Council American oyster Whycocomagh Bay, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#1295 Waycobah First Nations Band Council American oyster Whycocomagh Bay, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#1307 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Limited Blue mussel, American oyster Country Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#1308 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster, Dulse, Finger Kelp, Sea Lettuce, Sugar Kelp Marie Joseph Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#1323 Sober Island Oysters American oyster Sober Island Pond, Halifax Co Decision Document
AQ#1345 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Atlantic Salmon McNutt's Island, Shelburne Harbour, Shelburne County Decision Document

2018 New Sites Approved

Site Applicant Species Location Decision
AQ#0129 Scotia Seafood Producers Inc. Rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon Lingan, Cape Breton County Decision Document
AQ#1411 Hamilton's Eel Fishery Limited Rainbow trout Striped bass, American eel, Brook trout Centrelea, Annapolis County Decision Document
AQ#5000 Paqtknek First Nation American oyster Pomquet Harbour, Antigonish County Decision Document

2018 Amendments Approved

Site Operator Name Date Amended Reason for Amendment Location Decision
AQ#0147 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. Addition of Sugar Kelp for cultivation Lennox Passage, Richmond County
AQ#1147 Bay Enterprises Ltd. 9-Apr-18 Authorize suspended cultivation on a portion of the site McNabs Bay, Colchester County Decision Document

2018 Assignments Approved

Site Assigned To Effective Date of Assignment Location Species Decision
AQ#0025 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited (new ownership) 26-Apr-18 Ship Harbour, Halifax County European oyster, Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop Decision Document
AQ#0055 K&H Capital 16-Feb-18 Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, Bay scallop, Giant sea scallop, European oyster Decision Document
AQ#0112 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited (new ownership) 26-Apr-18 Ship Harbour, Halifax County Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop Decision Document
AQ#0168 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited (new ownership) 26-Apr-18 Ship Harbour, Halifax County Blue mussel Decision Document
AQ#0184 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited (new ownership) 26-Apr-18 Ship Harbour, Halifax County Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop Decision Document
AQ#0683 Kevin Pattingale and Jason Pattingale Lennox Passage, Richmond County Blue mussel, Bay quahogs, Giant sea scallop, and American oyster Decision Document
AQ#1037 Paul Belliveau, Marc Belliveau, Bernadette Aymar 15-May-18 St. Mary's Bay, Digby County Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, European oyster, Soft shell clam, American oyster Decision Document
AQ#1071 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited (new ownership) 26-Apr-18 Ship Harbour, Halifax County American oyster, Blue mussel Decision Document
AQ#1157 K&H Capital 16-Feb-18 Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, Bay scallop, Giant sea scallop, European oyster Decision Document
AQ#1233 ProNova Marine Products Ltd. 15-Mar-18 Clark's Harbour, Nova Scotia Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Haddock, Cunner, Lumpfish, American oyster Decision Document
AQ#1234 ProNova Marine Products Ltd. 15-Mar-18 Wood's Harbour Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Haddock, Green sea urchin, Dulse, Irish moss, Rainbow trout, Cunner, Lumpfish, American oyster Decision Document
AQ#1241 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited (new ownership) 26-Apr-18 Ship Harbour, Halifax County European oyster, Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop Decision Document
AQ#1242 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited (new ownership) 26-Apr-18 Ship Harbour, Halifax County European oyster, Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop Decision Document

2018 Applications Rejected

Application Operator Name Location Date Rejected Species

2018 Sites Cancelled

Site Operator Name Location Species Effective Date

2018 Sites Discontinued

Site Operator Name Location Species Effective Date
AQ#0027 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited Marie Joseph Harbour, Guysborough County Blue mussel, Giant Sea Scallop 1-Jan-18
AQ#0041 Corkum's Island Mussel Farm Lunenburg Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, American oyster, European oyster, Giant sea scallop, Bay scallop 23-Mar-18
AQ#0046 Indian Point Marine Farms Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, European oyster 2-Mar-18
AQ#0047 Indian Point Marine Farms Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, European oyster 2-Mar-18
AQ#0236 AquaPrime Mussel Ranch Limited Ship Harbour, Halifax County Blue mussel 1-Jan-18
AQ#0243 Corkum's Island Mussel Farm Lunenburg Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, American oyster, European oyster, Giant sea scallop, Bay scallop, Soft shell clam 23-Mar-18
AQ#0614 Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County Blue mussel, Giant Sea Scallop 1-Jan-18
AQ#0616 Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County Blue mussel, Giant Sea Scallop 1-Jan-18
AQ#1059 Glenn Richard Prospect Bay, Halifax County Blue mussel 7-Jan-18
AQ#1110 Ethel Murray Portage Inlet, Inverness Co American oyster 17-Apr-18
AQ#1194 Indian Point Marine Farms Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, European oyster 2-Mar-18
AQ#1271 Bernadette Marshall St. Peter's Inlet, Richmond County American oyster 3-May-2018
AQ#1296 Georgina C MacLeod Portage Inlet, Victoria Co American oyster 2-May-18
AQ#1301 John Horne, Andrew Horne, Matthew Horne Mira River, Cape Breton Co American oyster 18-Apr-18

2017 Decisions

2017 Renewals Approved

Site Applicant Species Location Decision
AQ#0001 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. American oyster, Blue mussel Country Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#0028 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop Marie Joseph Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#0055 Wayne Turple Blue mussel, European oyster, Bay scallop, Giant sea scallop Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0147 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop Lennox Passage, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#0325 Donna Ferguson American oyster, Bay quahog Tatamagouche Bay, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#0328 Alex A. Dunphy American oyster South Harbour, Aspy Bay, Victoria County Decision Document
AQ#0331 H. Eben Elliott American oyster Wallace Bay, Cumberland County Decision Document
AQ#0561 Dartek Transport Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, and Brook trout Bailey's Brook, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#0613 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#0634 Wallace S. Murrary American oyster Merigomish Harbour, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#0692 Premium Seafoods Limited Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop Arichat Harbour, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#0758 Cape North Mussels Limited Blue mussel North Harbour, Victoria County Decision Document
AQ#0829 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow trout, Arctic Char St. Marys Bay, Digby County Decision Document
AQ#1029 Cook Point Fisheries Ltd. Atlantic cod Barrington Passage, Shelburne County Decision Document
AQ#1036 Mike Cameron Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Brook trout, Arctic char Upper North River, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#1042 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated American oyster, Bay scallop, European oyster, Giant sea scallop Hillsburn, Annapolis Basin Decision Document
AQ#1091 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster, Dulse, Sea lettuce, Kelp Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#1147 Bay Enterprises Limited American oyster McNabs Bay, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#1228 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Bay quahog St. Marys Bay, Digby County Decision Document
AQ#1229 Apaqtaukewaq Fisheries Co-op Ltd. American oyster St. Peters Inlet, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#1230 Apaqtaukewaq Fisheries Co-op Ltd. American oyster St. Peters Inlet, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#1231 Apaqtaukewaq Fisheries Co-op Ltd. American oyster St. Peters Inlet, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#1232 Apaqtaukewaq Fisheries Co-op Ltd. American oyster St. Peters Inlet, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#1299 MacDonald2 Aquaculture & Consultation Striped bass Lower Stewiacke, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#1314 Nolan R. d'Eon American oyster Eel Lake, Yarmouth County Decision Document
AQ#1327 Ryan MacInnis American oyster Mabou Harbour, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#1329 AquaDelights Seafoods Limited American oyster, Bay scallop, Bay quahog Chance Harbour, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#1330 David MacNeil American oyster Mabou Harbour, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#1331 Michael MacDonald American oyster Mabou Harbour, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#1332 Samuel McKinlay American oyster, Bay quahog Merigomish Harbour, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#1335 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Soft shell clam Annapolis River, Annapolis County Decision Document
AQ#1337 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Soft Shell Clam Chebogue River, Yarmouth County Decision Document
AQ#1338 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Soft shell clam Annapolis Basin (Smith's Cove), Annapolis County Decision Document
AQ#1339 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Soft shell clam Moose River, Annapolis County Decision Document
AQ#1340 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Soft shell clam Annapolis Basin, Annapolis County Decision Document
AQ#1341 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Soft shell clam Yarmouth Sound, Yarmouth County Decision Document
AQ#1342 Innovative Fishery Products Incorporated Soft shell clam Annapolis Basin (The Joggins), Annapolis County Decision Document

2017 New Sites Approved

Site Applicant Species Location Decision
AQ#1405 Finleaf Technologies Inc. Nile tilapia, Koi Brooklyn, Queens County Decision Document

2017 Amendments Approved

Site Operator Name Date Amended Reason for Amendment Location Decision
AQ#0075 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. 27-Jun-17 Amendment to site boundaries that does not increase the area of the site Wine Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#0136 Patrick D. Timmons 23-Jan-17 Authorize the bottom shellfish without gear method of cultivation in addition to the existing suspended shellfish method Long Pond, Inverness County Decision Document

2017 Assignments Approved

Site Assigned To Effective Date of Assignment Location Species Decision
AQ#0198 Cape d'Or Sustainable Seafoods Inc. 08-May-17 South Greenville, Cumberland County Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Arctic char, Brook trout Decision Document
AQ#0128 We'koqma'q Hatchery Limited 23-Nov-17 Blake River Lake, Kings County Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Arctic char, Brook trout, Striped basss Decision Document
AQ#1029 James L. Mood Fisheries Ltd. Renewal and Assignment Barrington Passage, Shelburne County Atlantic Cod Decision Document
AQ#1176 Tammy McKinlay 26-May-17 Little Harbour, Pictou County American oyster, Bay quahog Decision Document
AQ#1209 Cape d'Or Sustainable Seafoods Inc. 08-May-17 Advocate Harbour, Cumberland County Atlantic salmon, Arctic char, Atlantic halibut Decision Document
AQ#1233 Scotian Halibut (2016) Limited 23-Feb-17 Clark's Harbour, Shelburne County (Landbased) Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Haddock, Cunner, Lumpfish, and American oyster Decision Document
AQ#1234 Scotian Halibut (2016) Limited 23-Feb-17 Woods Harbour, Shelburne County (Landbased) Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Haddock, Green sea urchin, Irish moss, Dulse, Rainbow trout, Cunner, Lumpfish, and American oyster Decision Document
AQ#1299 MacDonald2 Aquaculture and Consultation 14-Mar-17 Lower Stewiacke, Colchester County (Landbased) Striped bass Decision Document
AQ#1327 Aw Shucks Oysters Ltd. 19-Sep-17 Mabou Harbour, Inverness County American oyster Decision Document

2017 Applications Rejected

Application Operator Name Location Date Rejected Species

2017 Sites Cancelled

Site Operator Name Location Species Effective Date
AQ#0371 William D. MacLean North Denys Basin, Inverness Co American Oyster June 2, 2017
AQ#0407 William D. MacLean North Denys Basin, Inverness Co American Oyster June 1, 2017
AQ#0409 William D. MacLean North Denys Basin, Inverness Co American Oyster June 1, 2017
AQ#0501 George Sproul Wallace Harbour, Cumberland County American oyster, Bay quahog March 31, 2017
AQ#1093 William D. MacLean Portage Inlet, Inverness Co American Oyster June 1, 2017

2017 Sites Discontinued

Site Operator Name Location Species Effective Date
AQ#0085 Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership Aspy Bay, Victoria County Blue mussel 20-Sep-17
AQ#0083 Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership Aspy Bay, Victoria County Blue mussel 08-Nov-17
AQ#0606 Indian Point Marine Farms Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, Giant Sea Scallop, Bay Scallop 16-Jan-17
AQ#0886 Indian Point Marine Farms Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, European oyster 12-Oct-17
AQ#1270 George Johnson St. Peter's Inlet, Richmond County American oyster 29-Aug-17
AQ#1298 Mark and Holly Barber Malagawatch Harbour, Inverness County American Oyster 12-Jul-17
AQ#1324 Bernie Livingstone North Denys Basin, Inverness Co American oyster 04-Dec-17

2016 Decisions

2016 Renewals Approved

Site Applicant Species Location Decision
AQ#0025 Aquaprime Mussel Ranch Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, and European oyster Ship Harbour, Halifax County Decision Document
AQ#0039 Corkum's Island Mussel Farm Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop, European oyster, Bay scallop Lunenburg Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0040 Corkum's Island Mussel Farm Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop, European oyster, Bay scallop Lunenburg Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0041 Corkum's Island Mussel Farm Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop, European oyster, Bay scallop Lunenburg Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0177 Paul Budreski American oyster, Bay scallop, Bar clam, Bay quahog Little Harbour, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#0185 Thomas W. Strickland and Brenda E. Strickland Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Arctic Char Landbased- Little Harbour, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#0188 Old Miller Trout Farm Rainbow Trout, Speckled Trout Landbased- Margaree Forks, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#0200 Royal B. Stevens and Karen Westhaver-Stevens Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Brook trout Landbased- Sunnybrook, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0243 Corkum's Island Mussel Farm Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop, European oyster, Bay scallop, Soft shell clam Lunenburg Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0245 St. Peter's Fish Hatchery Limited Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Arctic char Landbased- St. Pete'rs, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#0306 Charles David Boyle American oyster, Bay quahog Lazy Bay, Cumberland County Decision Document
AQ#0335 Allen J. McDonald American oyster Tatamagouche Bay, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#0373 Ethel Murray American oyster Whycocomagh Bay, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#0455 Joseph D. MacPherson American Oyster East Bay, Cape Breton County Decision Document
AQ#0496 Steven M Sober American oyster South Denys Basin, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#0502 Allen J. McDonald American oyster, Bay quahog, Soft shell clam Tatamagouche Bay, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#0524 Estate of John Myette American oyster Tracadie Harbour, Antigonish County Decision Document
AQ#0583 Mike Cameron Rainbow trout, Brook trout, Striped bass Landbased- Mackenzie Settlement Road, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#0595 Paul-Aime Joncas Blue mussel, American oyster, Giant sea scallop, Bay scallop Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0602 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout Shelburne Harbour, Shelburne County Decision Document
AQ#0747 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, American oyster Country Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#0828 Vince Stuart Bay quahog, Blue mussel, Soft shell clam, European Oyster, and Giant sea scallop St. Mary's Bay, Digby County Decision Document
AQ#0846 Long Reef Shellfish American oyster, Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, European oyster Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0886 Indian Point Mussel Farms Ltd. Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, and European oyster Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0904 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, American oyster Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#0983 Ocean Trout Farms Inc. Atlantic salmon and Rainbow trout Shellburne Harbour, Shelburne County Decision Document
AQ#0991 Anita Basque American oyster St. Peter's Inlet, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#0995 Bay Tender Shellfish Limited Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#0999 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Atlantic salmon and Atlantic cod Landbased- Mink Cove, Digby County Decision Document
AQ#1004 Ivan MacDonald Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Brook trout L'Ardoise, Richmond County Decision Document
AQ#1006 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Atlantic Halibut, Atlantic Cod Aspotogan Harbour, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#1012 Long Beach Farms Limited Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout St. Mary's Bay, Digby County Decision Document
AQ#1014 James Sproul American oyster Tatamagouche Bay, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#1028 Big Falls Fish Gtrers Limited Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Arctic char, Brook trout, Striped bass Landbased- Black River Lake, Kings County Decision Document
AQ#1035 Barry and Kimberley Ferguson American oyster, Bay quahog Tatamagouche Bay, Colchester County Decision Document
AQ#1039 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Atlantic salmon, Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Rainbow trout, Haddock Annapolis Basin, Digby County Decision Document
AQ#1040 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Atlantic salmon Annapolis Basin, Annapolis County Decision Document
AQ#1041 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Atlantic salmon Annapolis Basin, Annapolis County Decision Document
AQ#1157 Wayne Turple Blue mussel, European oyster, Bay scallop and Giant sea scallop Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#1176 James Koszkulics and Marshall Williams American oyster, Bay quahogs Little Harbour, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#1195 Nicholas M. Jessome American oyster South Denys Basin, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#1198 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#1199 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Blue mussel, American oyster Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#1224 Paul Budreski American oyster, Bay scallop, Bar clam, Bay quahog Little Harbour, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#1233 Scotian Halibut Limited Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Haddock, Cunner, Lumpfish, American oyster Landbased- Clark's Harbour, Shelburne County Decision Document
AQ#1234 Scotian Halibut Limited Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Haddock, Green Sea Urchin, Irish Moss, Dulse, Cunner, Lumpfish, American oyster, Rainbow trout Landbased- Wood's Harbour, Shelburne County Decision Document
AQ#1241 Aquaprime Mussel Ranch Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, and European oyster Ship Harbour, Halifax County Decision Document
AQ#1242 Aquaprime Mussel Ranch Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, and European oyster Ship Harbour, Halifax County Decision Document
AQ#1244 Long Reef Shellfish Blue mussel Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Decision Document
AQ#1246 Washabuck Aqua Resources American oyster St. Patrick's Channel, Victoria County Decision Document
AQ#1312 Sustainable Fish Farming (Canada) Limited Atlantic halibut, Sablefish, European sea bass, Black sea bass, Striped bass, Gilthead seabream, Atlantic salmon Landbased- Centre Burlington, Hants County Decision Document
AQ#1313 Joe Rankin American Oyster Mabou Harbour, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#1316 Arthur B. Graham American oyster Mabou Harbour, Inverness County Decision Document
AQ#1320 Jamie Davidson & Stephen MacIntosh American oyster and Bay quahog Merigomish Harbour, Pictou County Decision Document
AQ#1324 Bernie Livingstone American oyster North Denys Basin, Inverness County Decision Document

2016 New Sites Approved

Site Operator Name Location Term Species

2016 Amendments Approved

Site Operator Name Date Amended Reason for Amendment Location Decision
AQ#0028 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. August 15, 2016 Addition of the following species for cultivation: Sugar kelp, Finger kelp, Dulse, Sea lettuce Marie Joseph Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#0623 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. August 15, 2016 Addition of the following species for cultivation: Sugar kelp, Finger kelp, Dulse, Sea lettuce Country Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#1091 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. August 15, 2016 Addition of the following species for cultivation: Sugar kelp, Finger kelp, Dulse, Sea lettuce Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document
AQ#1308 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. August 15, 2016 Addition of the following species for cultivation: Sugar kelp, Finger kelp, Dulse, Sea lettuce Marie Joseph Harbour, Guysborough County Decision Document

2016 Assignments Approved

Site Assigned To Effective Date of Assignent Location Species Decision
AQ#0652 Blaine E. Bond 29-May-16 Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, European oyster Decision Document
AQ#0826 Open Ocean Systems Inc. 3-Jun-16 St. of Canso South, Guysborough County Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout Decision Document
AQ#1111 R. Scott Brown and Joyce Brown 24-Oct-16 North Harbour, Victoria County American oyster Decision Document

2016 Applications Rejected

Application Operator Name Location Date Rejected Species

2016 Sites Cancelled

Site Operator Name Location Species Effective Date
AQ#0370 Lonnie W Langille Wallace Harbour, Cumberland County American oyster, Bay quahog August 4, 2016
AQ#0660 Stanley Reid Brule Harbour, Colchester County American oyster and Bay quahog November 18, 2016
AQ#1021 Derrick d'Entremont, Mark d'Entremont, Arthur d'Entremont Lobster Bay, Yarmouth County Rainbow trout February 3, 2016
AQ#1302 Pronet Micro Systems Inc. Landbased- Victoria Beach, Annapolis County Atlantic halibut August 2, 2016
AQ#1365 Paul Watson Landbased- Six Mile Brook, Pictou County Arctic char, Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout, Brook trout July 20, 2016
AQ#1366 Hank Dixon Landbased- North River, Colchester County Rainbow trout, Brook trout July 11, 2016

2016 Sites Discontinued

Site Operator Name Location Species Effective Date
AQ#0078 Sea Farming Industries B.V. Blind Bay, Halifax County Blue mussel, Giant sea scallop, European oyster July 20, 2016
AQ#0499 Steven Sober South Denys Basin, Inverness County American oyster October 3, 2016
AQ#0967 Skretting Canada Inc. Upper Woods Harbour, Shelburne County Atlantic salmon, Rainbow Trout 08-Jan-16
AQ#1181 Skretting Canada Inc. Upper Woods Harbour, Shelburne County Atlantic salmon 08-Jan-16
AQ#1250 Ethel Murray Portage Inlet, Inverness County American oyster August 8, 2016

2015 Decisions

2015 Renewals Approved

Site Operator Name Location Term Species
AQ#0007 Tim Horton Children's Foundation Tatamagouche Bay, Colchester County February 1, 2013-December 31, 2015 Blue mussel
AQ#0046 Indian Point Mussel Farms Ltd. Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County March 2, 2015-March 2, 2018 Blue mussel; European oyster
AQ#0047 Indian Point Mussel Farms Ltd. Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County March 2, 2015-March 2, 2018 Blue mussel; European oyster
AQ#0049 Indian Point Mussel Farms Ltd. Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County March 2, 2015-March 2, 2018 Blue mussel; European oyster
AQ#0055 Wayne Turple Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County August 2, 2014-August 2, 2017 European oyster; bay scallop
AQ#0136 Patrick D. Timmons Long Pond, Inverness County May 23, 2015-May 23, 2020 Blue mussel; American oyster; Giant sea scallop; Bay scallop
AQ#0146 Purewater Mussel Farm Ltd. Tatamagouche Bay, Cumberland County July 1, 2015-July 1, 2020 Blue mussel; American oyster; European oyster
AQ#0148 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County August 1, 2015-August 1, 2020 Blue mussel
AQ#0148 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. St. Anns Bay, Victoria County August 1, 2015 - August 1, 2020 Blue mussel
AQ#0168 Aquaprime Mussel Ranch Ltd. Ship Harbour, Halifax County September 18, 2015-September 18, 2020 Blue mussel
AQ#0176 Tim Horton Children's Foundation Tatamagouche Bay, Colchester County August 25, 2014-December 31, 2015 American oyster
AQ#0263 Mike Mullen Landbased Facility,Hassett, Hour Glass Lake, Digby County March 2, 2015-March 2, 2020 Atlantic salmon
AQ#0277 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County November 1, 2015-November 1, 2020 Blue mussel
AQ#0280 Florence M. Sampson East Bay, Cape Breton County October 30, 2014-October 30, 2019 American oyster
AQ#0320 Ian S. MacLean South Denys Basin, Inverness County July 31, 2015-July 31, 2020 American oyster
AQ#0371 William D. MacLean North Denys Basin, Inverness County June 18, 2015-June 18, 2020 American oyster
AQ#0472 Ethel Murray Whycocomagh Bay, Inverness County April 13, 2015-April 13, 2020 American oyster
AQ#0475 Ethel Murray Whycocomagh Bay, Inverness County April 1, 2015-April 1, 2020 American oyster
AQ#0595 Paul-Aime Joncas Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County July 1, 2013-December 31, 2015 blue mussel; giant sea scallop; bay scallop; American oyster
AQ#0606 Indian Point Mussel Farms Ltd. Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County January 16, 2014-January 16, 2017 Blue mussel; Giant sea scallop; Bay scallop;
AQ#0725 Paul Lewis Lennox Passage, Richmond County September 22, 2015 - September 11, 2020 Blue mussel
AQ#0742 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. St. Marys Bay, Digby County March 6, 2015 - March 6, 2020 Atlantic salmon; Rainbow trout
AQ#0770 Ocean Trout Farms Inc. Lobster Bay, Yarmouth County Sept 27, 2015 - Sept 27, 2020 Atlantic salmon; Rainbow trout
AQ#0826 Steven Grady Strait of Canso South, Guysborough County July 30, 2015-July 30, 2020 Atlantic salmon; Rainbow trout
AQ#0835 Ocean Trout Farms Inc. Port Mouton, Queens County March 12, 2015-March 12, 2020 Atlantic salmon; Rainbow trout
AQ#0838 Apaqtaukewaq Fisheries Co-op Limited St. Peter's Inlet, Soldiers Cove, Richmond County August 7, 2015-August 7, 2020 American oyster
AQ#0839 Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd. Whitehead Harbour, Guysborough County May 21, 2015-May 21, 2020 Blue mussel; American oyster
AQ#0899 Ocean Trout Farms Inc. Lobster Bay, Yarmouth County February 27, 2015-Februrary 27, 2020 Rainbow trout
AQ#0900 Ocean Trout Farms Inc. Lobster Bay, Yarmouth County Februrary 27, 2015-February 27, 2020 Rainbow trout
AQ#0911 Nolan d'Eon Eel Lake, Yarmouth County August 6, 2015-August 6, 2020 American oyster; bay scallop; bay quahog
AQ#0921 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. Lennox Passage, Richmond County September 22, 2015- September 22, 2020 Blue mussel; Giant sea scallop
AQ#0931 Curtis B. Smith Port La Tour, Shelburne County June 18, 2015-December 31, 2015 Blue mussel; American oyster; European oyster
AQ#0955 Ocean Trout Farms Inc. Pubnico Harbour, Yarmouth County August 7, 2015 - August 7, 2020 Rainbow trout
AQ#1004 Ivan R. MacDonald Landbased facility, L'Ardoise, Richmond County June 25, 2015-December 31, 2015 Atlantic salmon, brook trout
AQ#1012 Long Beach Farms Limited St. Mary's Bay, Digby County December 6, 2014-December 31, 2015 Atlantic salmon; Rainbow trout
AQ#1059 Glenn Richard Prospect Bay, Halifax County January 7, 2013-January 7, 2018 Blue mussel
AQ#1084 Unama'ki Oyster Farm & Processing Plant Ltd. Malagawatch Harbour, Inverness County August 15, 2015-August, 2020 American oyster
AQ#1087 John P. Babin Eel Lake, Yarmouth County April 3,2015-April 2, 2020 American oyster
AQ#1104 Corkums Island Mussel Farm Lunnenburg Bay, Lunnenburg County June 2, 2015-June 1, 2020 American oyster; Eupropen oyster; bay scallop;giant sea scallop
AQ#1129 Scott MacEwan, Halee MacEwan Little Harbour, Pictou County June 16, 2015-June 16, 2020 bay scallop; bay quahog; American oyster
AQ#1155 Florence M. Sampson East Bay, Cape Breton County June 2, 2015-June 2, 2020 American oyster
AQ#1172 Petite Lobster Fisheries Limited Landbased Facility, Tiverton, Digby County October 19, 2014-December 31, 2015 Atlantic salmon
AQ#1185 Innovative Fishery Products Inc. Landbased Facility, St. Bernard, Digby County September 2, 2015-September 2, 2020 Bar clams; Bay quahogs; Soft-shelled clams; Razor clams
AQ#1186 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County March 1, 2015-March 1, 2020 Blue mussel
AQ#1187 Cape Breton Bivalve Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County March 1, 2015-March 1, 2020 American oyster, Kelp, Blue mussel
AQ#1188 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County March 1, 2015-March 1, 2020 Blue mussel
AQ#1189 Bounty Bay Shellfish Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County March 1, 2015-March 1, 2020 Blue mussel
AQ#1190 James Crawford Portage Inlet, Inverness County August 29, 2015-August 29,2020 American oyster
AQ#1190 James Crawford Portage Inlet, Inverness County August 29, 2015-August 29,2020 American oyster
AQ#1191 Anne Marie Donovan Lochmore Harbour, East Bay, Cape Breton County October 18, 2015- October 18, 2020 American oyster
AQ#1192 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Shelburne Harbour, Shelburne County March 2, 2015 - March 2, 2020 Atlantic salmon; Rainbow trout
AQ#1194 Indian Point Mussel Farms Ltd. Mahone Bay, Lunenburg County March 2, 2015- March 2, 2018 Blue mussel; European oyster
AQ#1205 Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Liverpool Bay, Queens County April 1, 2015-April 1, 2020 Atlantic salmon; Rainbow trout
AQ#1209 P. Merlin/Canaqua Landbased Facility, Advocate Harbour, Cumberland County July 27, 2015 - July 27, 2020 Atlantic salmon;Arctic Char; Atlantic Halibut
AQ#1225 MacKinnon Harbour Survival Association McKinnons Harbour, Victoria County September 22, 2015-September 22, 2020 American oyster
AQ#1299 Two Rivers Bass Fish Hatchery Limited Landbased facility, Lower Stewiacke, Colchester County, NS October 1, 2012-October 1, 2017 Striped bass
AQ#1306 Geoff K. Nishi Mabou Harbour, Inverness County July 4, 2015-July 4, 2020 American oyster
AQ#1315 Jeffrey S. Lee Mabou Harbour, Inverness County November 1, 2015-November 1, 2020 American oyster
AQ#1373 Cape Breton Bivalve Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County March 1, 2015-March 1, 2020 Blue Mussels
AQ#1374 Cape Breton Bivalve Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County March 1, 2015-March 1, 2020 Blue Mussels
AQ#1375 Cape Breton Bivalve Inc. St. Anns Harbour, Victoria County March 1, 2015-March 1, 2020 Blue Mussels

2015 New Sites Approved

Site Operator Name Location Term Species
AQ#1380 Brian Lewis, Dale Webb Caribou Harbour , Pictou County, NS November 1, 2014 - November 1, 2024 American oyster
AQ#1385 Sam MacKinley Antigonish Harbour, Antigonish County November 1, 2014 - November 1, 2024 Blue mussel
AQ#1386 Brian Howard Tracadie Harbour, Antigonish County November 1, 2014 - November 1, 2024 American oyster
AQ#1387 Hugh and Matthew Mattie Havre Boucher, Antigonish County November 1, 2014 - November 1, 2024 American oyster
AQ#1400 Eel Lake Oyster Farm Ltd. Salt Bay, Yarmouth County November 1, 2014 - November 1, 2024 American oyster
AQ#1402 Dunphy's Oysters South Harbour, Victoria County (Landbased facility) October 1, 2014 - October 1, 2024 American oyster

2015 Amendments Approved

Site Operator Name Date Amended Reason for Amendment Location

2015 Assignments Approved

Site Assigned To Date Assigned Location Species
AQ#1332 Samuel McKinlay July 14, 2015 Merigomish Harbour, Pictou County American oyster

2015 Applications Rejected

Application Operator Name Location Date Rejected Species
AQ#1263 (Assignment) Stephen Marshall St. Peter's Inlet, Richmond County May 11, 2015 American oyster
AQ#1376 (New) Norman Basque St. Peter's Inlet, Richmond County July 23, 2015 American oyster
AQ#1377 (New) Jason Basque St. Peter's Inlet, Richmond County July 23, 2015 American oyster
AQ#1403 (New) Robert G.D. Chetwynd Landbased, Shelburne County September 11, 2015 Arthrospira platensis , Arthrospira maxima

2015 Sites Cancelled

Site Operator Name Location Species Effective Date
AQ#0691 Beinn Toabh Farms Port l'Hebert, Shelburne County Soft shell clam January 28, 2015
AQ#0788 Litter Harbour Fish Hatchery Limited Chedabucto Bay, Guysborough County Atlantic salmon; Rainbow trout; Brook trout; Brown trout June 29, 2015
AQ#0878 Stanley Googoo Whycocomagh Bay, Inverness County American oyster January 28, 2015
AQ#1047 K&N Fisheries Limited Port La Tour, Shelburne County Blue mussel; Giant sea scallops August 7, 2015
AQ#1211 Ronald Tremblett and Fred Jardine North Denys Basin, Inverness County American oyster August 7, 2015
AQ#1252 Duncan Casey, Dean Robinson Annapolis Basin, Digby County European oyster September 9, 2015

2015 Sites Discontinued

Site Operator Name Location Species Effective Date

Public Information - Rockweed

The issuing of Rockweed Harvesting Leases in Nova Scotia is governed by the following pieces of Legislation:

Watch this space for decisions regarding Rockweed Harvesting Lease applications received by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

If the public is concerned about something they feel is not in compliance with the regulations, there is a toll free line they can now call 1-877-936-8476.

Public Notice of Rockweed Applications

The Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act requires all rockweed lease applicants to post public notice of their application. Notices must be published in a newspaper having a general circulation in the county or counties in which the applied-for area is located and in the Royal Gazette not less than ten days before the date of the application.

The Act also states that any member of the public who objects to the issuance of a lease in the area referred to in the notice shall notify the Minister, in written form, not more than seven days after the date of publication. These letters are then taken into consideration by the Minister when he reviews the application package.

The Minister would like to acknowledge and thank the public for their feedback on all rockweed applications.

2018 Rockweed Decisions

Application # Location Applicant Decision
6032 Country Harbour Head - Canso Maritime Rockweed Ltd. Approved
6033 Beaver Harbour – Country Harbour Head Acadian Seaplants Ltd. Approved
6035 Duncans Cove - West Jeddore Maritime Rockweed Ltd. Approved
6036 West Jeddore - Beaver Harbour Maritime Rockweed Ltd. Approved