Sportfishing 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.

To download the Act, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statutes/fishand.htm.

To download the Act's regulations, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/rxaa-l.htm#fishcr.


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:

Winter Sport Fishing Regulations

Questions about this guide may be directed to:
Debbie White
Phone: 902-485-5056
Email:

Regulation Maps:

Fishing Licence vendors and report card can be found on the Licensing and Permits page.


Salmon Regulations

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 2017 Salmon Regulations, click here

Salmon Angling Seasons:


For all NS government legislation, click http://nslegislature.ca/legc/sol.htm

For all NS government regulation, click http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regsxact.htm