Nova Scotia to develop new aquaculture regulations

Nova Scotia will develop a regulatory framework for aquaculture. Credit: Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture. Nova Scotia will develop a regulatory framework for aquaculture. Credit: Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Agriculture is planning to develop a new regulatory framework for the aquaculture industry through consultations with Nova Scotians.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau said that the government recognises that the aquaculture industry is an important part of rural communities and that by developing strong regulations and enforcement the government will help the industry grow in a way that balances economic development and environmental protection.

The work will be led by Dalhousie University law professors and environmental law experts Meinhard Doelle and William Lahey who will be advised by an advisory committee.

A range of impacts, benefits and risks that should be addressed through regulation will be considered.

It is anticipated the department will receive recommendations to develop regulations by the end of 2014.

"From our vantage point, aquaculture regulations are failing to protect Nova Scotian communities and the environment and thus we welcome a comprehensive review of the regulatory system and options going forward," said Ecology Action Centre policy director Mark Butler. "There are sustainable opportunities in aquaculture, but they must not come at the expense of the ecosystem or other marine industries."

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