Most of the communities and residents in Nova Scotia, are on the coast. This has generated a culture known for producing seafood creations, fresh from the Atlantic waters. We hope to give you an insight into the world of Fishing in Nova Scotia. From the water to your plate, there can be several middlemen. With a population over 900,000 and tourists coming via, boat, train, road and plane, its no wonder you are here looking for information.
Anyone below 16 has very few restructions. Everyone else needs to learn and understand the rules which are enforced and can produce hefty fines. For many of us, an entire armed fisheries department, is definitely overkill. However, this should serve as a warning regarding how serious Canada is about protecting this industry.
There are restrictions specifically addressing, size/age of catch, amount of fish, and other standard rules. The cost of the licence really depends on where you will be in Nova Scotia as well as how much fishing you intend to do. Loberster fishing for example is more expensive than salmon fishing anywhere in Nova Scotia.
Where to buy Fish in Nova Scotia
If you are coming from a metropolitan area, you are probably only interested in the stores and restaurants that sell fish. However, once you get here, you will quickly notice a large culture of fish sold at the side of the road. Now for many, this seems unregulated, crazy, and quite simply not an option. For others, this is how you eliminate middlemen reducing cost and toxins.
An employee here remembers working in Boca Raton Florida, telling her co-workers about the deal of the century, and them looking at her as crazy. Flip the same scenario to an office in the HRM, and everyone wants details. Funny enough, people wanted info on the best fishing holes in florida more than those here. Who knows what they says about recreational fishing here compared to other places in the world. What i hope you do take away is that this part of the world has an interesting culture that warrants an open mind
Any of the downtown HRM cities/towns will offer restaurants specializing in seafood. In fact, our entire team at Maritime Transit, could not think up one restaurant that does not offer a fish related option. This includes the main HRM areas, Dartmouth, Bedford, and Halifax. When it comes to outside of the HRM, you won’t be left wanting. The Charlotte Lane restaurant in Shelbourne, NS is well known for their celebrity chefs and creations.
Barrington Nova Scotia touts itself as the Lobster Capital of canada. Fishing is especially profitable on the south shore between Shelbourne and Yarmouth. This makes fishing licenses in the area astronomical, like over $1M CAN per license.
Specifically, for the novice fisherman, the Nova Scotia Waterways, including streams, lakes, and rivers, offer the best fishing. Apart from national geographic type scenery, these waterways often house large amounts of fresh water fish.
Conclusion on Fishing in Nova Scotia
Whether you are a novice or a large scale fisherman, there are options for you throughout Nova Scotia. Fresh water or Salt water, be sure to stay within regulations and have fun. With 55,284 square kilometres, visitors and Nova Scotians have a large marine ecosystem to explore.
If you aren’t the type to do your own fishing, consider tackling one of the many restaurants serving fish creations across Nova Scotia. Especially during the summer months, many restaurants open up to offer open air seafood dining.