Laws & Regulations
As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments will come together under Nova Scotia Environment.
Departments involved in this consolidation include the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environment, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
For more information, visit novascotia.ca/nse/inspection-compliance-enforcement/
For the laws and regulations concerning the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, see below.
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.
To download the Act, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statutes/fisheries and coastal resources.pdf.
To download the Act's regulations, click https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/rxaa-l.htm#fishcr.
Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act
This new act and regulations, proclaimed on April 1, 2013, provide the tools for inshore fishers to strengthen their organizations. It enables accredited fisheries organizations to collect mandatory dues from license holders.
To download the Act, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statutes/fish%20harvester%20organizations%20support.pdf.
To download the Act's regulations, click https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/fhossupport.htm .
To download the FHOSA FAQ, click here
NS Fish Harvester Organization Membership Application forms
Fish Buyers Licensing and Enforcement Regulations
These regulations outline the requirements for commercial fish buyers licences.
To download the regulations, click https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/fcrbuyer.htm.
Fish Inspection Regulations
These regulations provide the rules for fish processing facilities.
To download the regulations, click https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/fcrinspc.htm.
Health Protection Act (Food Safety)
The act outlines food safety requirements for all establishments that handle food for public consumption.
To download the Act, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statues/healthpr.htm.
To download the regulations, click https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/rxaa-l.htm#hlthprotect.
Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations
These federal regulations govern recreational fish species. They outline how many fish can be caught, where fish can be caught, and at what time of year.
To download the federal regulations, click http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-93-55/index.html.
Anglers' Handbook and Summary of Regulations
This handbook provides all the rules and regulations regarding sport fishery in Nova Scotia.
Download the Nova Scotia Anglers' Handbook & Summary of Regulations:
With the new sportfishing season upon us, anglers are reminded that the 2015 Regulations come into effect on April 1st, 2015. Beginning April 1st, anglers 16 years of age and older require a 2015 sportfishing licence, which may be purchased from authorized vendors and select Department of Natural Resources Offices across the province.
Angling is permitted in through the ice, or in open water in areas with an open season as described in the Anglers Handbook. Anglers are reminded that daily bag limits effective April 1st may be different from winter fishing bag limits. Please consult the Anglers Handbook for current regulations in your area.
Anglers are reminded to use extra caution when venturing out onto the ice at this time of year. Ice may be unsafe in many areas, and anglers should pay close attention to changing ice conditions.
Questions about this guide may be directed to:
Fishing Licence vendors and report card can be found on the Licensing and Permits page.
These federal regulations govern salmon. They outline how many fish can be caught, where fish can be caught, and at what time of year.
Atlantic Salmon Fishing Season: September 1 to October 31
To download the 2016 Salmon Regulations, click here
2016 Salmon Angling Seasons:
For all NS government legislation, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/sol.htm
For all NS government regulation, click https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regsxact.htm