Nova Scotia Aquaculture Strategy Launched

Nova Scotia has a new strategy for aquaculture development that will help efforts to grow a sustainable industry and create wealth in rural and coastal communities.

The strategy identifies and builds on four key pillars: farming responsibly, aquaculture engagement, regulatory safeguards, and jobs and the economy. Over the years, the government has heard many opinions on aquaculture development. The strategy is a balanced response.

It also includes doing a review of the feasibility of closed containment in Nova Scotia.

The province's aquaculture industry is one of the most diverse in the world, including many different species of finfish and shellfish, as well as Irish moss and other sea plants. It boasts the largest land-based production facility in the world and every county has a link to the industry.

Aquaculture is also a significant contributor to the rural and coastal community economies, worth about $50 million annually, creating about 750 direct and more than 1,000 indirect jobs.

To read the strategy, download Aquaculture Strategy Creating Sustainable Wealth in Rural and Coastal Nova Scotia