Recent statistics indicate that Nova Scotia, with total exports of about $975 million, remains one of the leading exporters of seafood in Canada. Nova Scotia fish processors, in producing a wide range of fresh, frozen and value-added products that enjoy world class recognition, utilize all 30 species of fish landed in the province. Licensed operating enterprises are located throughout the province with the larger concentration being located in southwest Nova Scotia and Cape Breton and a handful of others located along the eastern shore and Northumberland Strait. Employment in the seafood processing/buyer sectors varies seasonally with fishing activity and landings . Through policy implementation, terms and conditions of licence, and mandatory record keeping and reporting of all fish buying activity, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture works to ensure that all fish and fish products intended for market meet certain health, quality and safety standards thus protecting the health and safety of seafood consumers, the orderly development of the fisheries industry and the sustainability of the fisheries resource.
Licensing & Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements
For more information on fish processor and fish buyer licences, record and reporting requirements, see Licensing & Compliance Services, Marine Division.