Laws & Regulations
As of July 1, 2015 the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments came together under Nova Scotia Environment.
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.
These provincial regulations outline the types, fees and terms of licences for sportfishing in Nova Scotia as well as provides information on licences for persons with disabilities, sportfishing weekends and more.
To download these regulations, click https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/wifish.htm
This handbook provides all the rules and regulations regarding sport fishery in Nova Scotia.
Download the Nova Scotia Anglers' Handbook & Summary of Regulations:
Questions about this guide may be directed to:
Fishing Licence vendors and report card can be found on the Licensing and Permits page.
Atlantic Salmon Regulations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for the management of Atlantic salmon in Nova Scotia. The following federal regulations govern salmon. They outline how many fish can be caught, where fish can be caught, and at what time of year.The Province of Nova Scotia is responsible for issuing Atlantic salmon licences.
Download the Salmon Angling Information and licence fees here
We encourage anyone who sees suspected illegal activity to call our 24 hour toll free number: 1-800-565-2224 or click here. The information will be forwarded to a Conservation Officer in the area.
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