people smiling while wearing a PFD on a fishing boat

No, this board will not be involved in the management of the fishery and will focus its’ efforts on registration, certification and training.

Yes, the board will be made up of directors from across Nova Scotia – representative of fleet sectors and geographical areas.

Communication tools such as a website, social media and newsletters will be made available so that registrants can be kept up to date on the activities of the board. Staff of the board will also attend meeting of associations/organizations across Nova Scotia in order to provide updates on activities. An annual report will be produced and presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Directors are selected by a nomination process from each of the six zones that make up the Province of Nova Scotia. A full outline of the process is included in the governance policy for the board.

The mandate of the board is to fund and coordinate training for fish harvesters that are registered and certified with them.

The board will administer a registration, certification and training system for fish harvesters in Nova Scotia.

This board is formed under the authority of the Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Act that was passed in May 2012. The NS Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture was the sponsoring department for the legislation.