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Aquaculture Regulatory Review Public Consultation

The Government of Nova Scotia is conducting a comprehensive review of existing aquaculture regulations. Following a jurisdictional review and stakeholder consultations, government is seeking input from Nova Scotians through a public consultation survey. The review process is led by the Aquaculture Regulatory Advisory Committee, which is made up of members from the community, First Nations, industry, and provincial and municipal government. The committee will consider findings from the review process, including the public consultation survey, and make recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.


Aquaculture goes back more than a hundred years in the province – the earliest documented operation was an oyster farm in Malagash with a lease dated 1867. More modern-day aquaculture development started in Nova Scotia in the 1970s. In the years since, the industry has grown from small farms that provided food to local communities to an international industry supported by world-class research and technology. Aquaculture has helped build Nova Scotia’s reputation for seafood excellence around the world.


Nova Scotia residents can complete the public consultation survey online until 6 September 2022.


A summary of the input will be published after the engagement period.




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