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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.

Fish Harvesters will have an option to either register with the board or continue to register with DFO.  If they decide to register with the board, those funds will be used to run the board.  Fish Harvesters will only pay once.

The intention of the board is to maintain this fee at the current rate. Any changes made to the annual fee charged for registration and certification would have to be supported by the board and the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Province of Nova Scotia.

The board prepared a proposal to DFO, requesting them to withdraw from the collection of Personal Fishing Registration (PFR).  In the Fall 2016 they received word from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada offering his support-in-principle of the proposal. There was agreement to work collaboratively over the next 24 months towards a more detailed negotiation of the proposal’s content and implementation plan. The Minister also instructed DFO to begin the process necessary to amend registration requirements in relevant federal regulations (which included industry consultation).

The regulatory amendments were passed in December 2020. Now that this has been completed, this board will then administer a registration system in the Province of Nova Scotia and the funds collected from that will be used to run the organization.