The proposed structure of the board will be based on geographical area (zones) and fleet sector. The following outlines the break down. The number of directors shall not be fewer than eight directors and no more than fifteen directors representing geographical areas and industry fleet sectors, elected by fish harvester’s organizations and other fish harvester groups recognized by the Minister (Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture). The elected officers of the organization are the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and one member at large. The Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Board of Nova Scotia (FHRCBNS) also invite representation from a number of departments to sit on the board as advisory (non-voting).

The departments and agencies represented are:

  • 1 representative – Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • 1 representative – Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education
  • 2 representatives – Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Maritimes Region and Gulf Region
  • 1 representative – Transport Canada
  • 1 representative – post secondary education training institution
  • 1 representative – private trainer

Board Structure Based on Geographical Area

Zone  A – Gulf Nova Scotia – 4 Seats New Brunswick border to the Inverness/Victoria County line

Zone  B – Cape Breton  – 2 Seats Inverness/Victoria County line to the Canso Causeway

Zone C – Eastern Shore – 2 Seats Canso Causeway to Halifax Harbour      

Zone D – South Shore – 2 Seats Halifax Harbour to the Queen’s/Shelburne County line

Zone E – Southwestern – 3 Seats Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties

Zone F – Fundy – 2 Seats From Yarmouth/Digby County line to the New Brunswick border       

Map of Nova Scotia showing the 6 geographical zones and fleet sectors.

Board Structure – Based on Fleet Sectors

The FHRCBNS would be made up of a total of 15 representatives of the harvesting sector registered with the board. The board provides a broad prospective from across the province. The representatives are chosen in a manner which ensures fair representation of all geographical areas and direct industry fleet sectors are represented on the board.

10 Inshore
“Inshore” means the fishing sector where fish harvesters are restricted to using vessels less than 19.8m (65’) length over all (LOA).

1 Offshore
“Offshore” refers to the fishing sector where licence holders are permitted to use vessels longer than 30.5m (100’) LOA.

2 Mid-shore
“Mid-shore” means the fishing sector where licence holders are permitted to use vessels up to 30.5m (100’) LOA, excluding licence holders in the inshore fishing sector.

2 Inter-tidal
“Inter-tidal” refers to the fishing sector where vessels may or may not be used and fish or plants are generally found close to shore.


As we move further along in the process we will be able to add additional information.

The following is a list of the current Interim Board