Provincial Issues--September-October 2015

OneNova Scotia: 

The oneNova Scotia Coalition has been working on a plan to outline the most promising actions we can take together over the next ten years to change the trajectory our province is on -- economically, socially, and culturally. The achievable objectives they have chosen are not the only things we need to do, but they believe they will open the door for more collaboration and other actions to follow. In October and November they will begin to share the details of the plan.   The OneNS Coalition heard from many Nova Scotians that focus is imperative.  They have chosen first steps, focussing on select actions to put a stake in the ground where making a transformational difference is possible. For the plan to work, unprecedented leadership from industry, business, institutions, communities, First Nations, labour organizations, post-secondary institutions and all levels of government is unquestionably needed.  As has been emphasized since the beginning, attitudes must also continue to change because the wrong ones prevent us from becoming the best Nova Scotia we can be. You are invited to receive updates on the plans - sign on at http://onenovascotia.nationbuilder.com/?utm_campaign=opt_out&utm_medium=email&utm_source=onenovascotia

Also if you have a story to share with  other municipalities, let us know and we can add it to our OneNSMunicipal website!

Province Launches New Aquaculture Regulations - Fisheries and Aquaculture announced new aquaculture regulations on October 26.

The regulations represent fundamental changes to how companies can acquire a license and lease if they want to operate either fin fish or shellfish farms in Nova Scotia.

Government took into account recommendations from the auditor general and an independent aquaculture regulatory review, and continues to consult with municipal, industry and tourism representatives, and scientific experts who will provide advice as the regulations are phased in. The minister also visited Maine, Scotland and Norway to see how other jurisdictions are regulating the industry in a transparent manner that promotes successful aquaculture development.

Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of animal protein in production in the world today, and is worth more than $60 million in Nova Scotia.

Highlights of the regulations include:

  • greater opportunity for public comment through licensing and leasing scoping sessions, and adjudicative hearings
  • separating responsibility for compliance and enforcement from the work of developing the industry
  • more proactive release of information for items like new licenses and renewals
  • a revamped website that will make it easier for the public and industry to find information
  • establishing an aquaculture administrator for processing license and lease renewals, and reallocation of inactive sites
  • for the first time, mandatory reporting of fish diseases will be required
  • an independent Aquaculture Review Board will be created to evaluate all new marine site applications and significant changes to existing licenses.

The new regulations are available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture/.