**** Fisheries Media Release
Recommendations on Aquaculture Regulations
The Province is moving forward with recommendations from an advisory committee to improve aquaculture regulations in Nova Scotia.
A report from the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Regulatory Advisory Committee, released today, March 17, finds the sector’s current regulatory framework is a good foundation. It makes 17 recommendations for improvements.
“Our aim is to support low-impact, sustainable growth in Nova Scotia’s aquaculture industry,” said Steve Craig, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “These recommendations are the result of extensive consultation and will guide us in making improvements. I thank the committee and everyone who participated for sharing their insight to help us with this important work.”
There are three themes in the recommendations:
— applying the right level of regulation to both small and large operations
— sharing more information and making it easier to find and understand for better transparency
— creating more opportunity for public participation in the application process for licences.
The current aquaculture regulations, developed following an independent review, have been in place since 2015.
— consulting firm Davis Pier facilitated stakeholder and public consultation for the aquaculture regulatory review
— there were 988 survey responses and representatives from the aquaculture sector, fish harvesters, environmental and community groups, municipalities and academia were consulted
— there are 235 marine and land-based aquaculture sites in Nova Scotia
— the aquaculture industry employs about 900 people and contributes more than $80 million per year to Nova Scotia’s economy
Aquaculture Regulatory Review: Final Report and Recommendations: https://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture/laws-regs/docs/regulatory-review-final-report.pdf
What We Heard Summary Report and more information on the regulatory review:
News release – Public Consultation on Aquaculture Regulations: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20220809001
Mandate Letter of the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture: https://novascotia.ca/exec_council/letters-2021/ministerial-mandate-letter-2021-FA.pdf