The aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada is a system of food production that produces salmon, mussels and oysters. It is supported by research and development facilities, suppliers that manufacture everything from cages to automatic feeding systems, industry associations that provide a strong voice for the industry, as well as governments that regulate the industry and work together with key stakeholders to promote opportunities for growth and address economic and environmental problems.


From 1998 to 2004, the total value of aquaculture production in Atlantic Canada increased from $166 million to $255 million. Over this same period, the volume of production has increased from 21,000 tonnes to 69,000 tonnes.


The Government of Canada maintains a public registry for Canadian Species at Risk

Environment Canada and / or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency can provide advice to provincial authorities during the site approval, lease and licence granting processes.

Regional Industry Associations

  • The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has published a four page brochure describing the Aquaculture Industry in Atlantic Canada
  • The operations of the aquaculture industry in Canada are regulated by two levels of government.
  • The provinces and territories have the responsibility for the majority of site approvals (except in Prince Edward Island) and for overseeing the industry's day-to-day operations.
  • The federal role involves such areas as research, technology transfer, training and development, access to financing and environmental sustainability relating to the industry.
  • Nova Scotia Auditor General, Michael Pickup, released a June 2015 Report to the House of Assembly. The report includes a performance audit recommendations for aquaculture monitoring in the province. From the report - Recommendation 3.2: The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture should examine its information systems to ensure information collected is readily available to management and staff and integrated with other activities. Read the full report here

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