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Rock Weed Harvesting Regulations

made under Section 71 of the

Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act

S.N.S. 1996, c. 25

O.I.C. 2001-240 (May 25, 2001, effective May 15, 2001), N.S. Reg. 55/2001

as amended up to O.I.C. 2013-105 (March 28, 2013, effective April 1, 2013), N.S. Reg. 106/2013


Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the Rock Weed Harvesting Regulations.


Definitions

2     In these regulations

 

                (a)    “Act” means the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act;

 

                (b)    “holdfast” means the portion of the rock weed plant by which it is attached to the ocean floor;

 

                (c)    “lessee” means the holder of a lease issued under Part VI of the Act;

 

                (d)    “rock weed” means Ascophyllum nodosum or Fucus species.


General right to harvest

3     Any person may harvest rock weed in areas that are

 

                (a)    not closed; and

 

                (b)    not leased.


Closure

4     (1)    The Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council may close any area if the Minister is satisfied it is in the best interests of the Province to do so, notwithstanding that a lessee has rights under a lease pertaining to the area.

 

       (2)    No person shall harvest rock weed in an area that has been designated as closed.


Exemptions

5     (1)    A person who harvests less than 4 tonnes of rock weed annually for use by the person for agricultural purposes and not for processing or sale shall not require a lease.

 

       (2)    A person who harvests less than 1 tonne of rock weed annually for scientific purposes and not for processing or sale shall not require a lease and may, with the Minister’s approval, be exempt from other specific regulations.


Permit holder identification card

6     A permit holder shall display the identification card issued to the permit holder pursuant to subsection 70(2) of the Act to a peace officer on demand.


Revocation of permit

7     Failure by a permit holder to comply with the Act, these regulations and all other applicable federal, Provincial, and municipal legislation, regulations, and by-laws when harvesting, processing, or attempting to harvest or process rock weed may result in revocation of their permit.


Harvest manner

8     A person who harvests Ascophyllum nodosum shall do so in a manner that will not interfere with the regrowth of the Ascophyllum nodosum and a sustained yield of Ascophyllum nodosum on the area harvested.

 

9     No person shall harvest Ascophyllum nodosum in such a way that representative harvest samples contain more than 15% holdfast by weight.

 

10   No person shall cut Ascophyllum nodosum without leaving an upright shoot with a mean cutting height as indicated in the management and commercialization plan contained in the person’s notice of application for a lease, or an absolute minimum length of 127 mm (5 in.) above the holdfast in non-leased areas.

 

11   (1)    No person shall sever rock weed by any means other than by means of a cutting instrument approved by the Minister.

 

       (2)    For the purposes of these regulations the Minister may determine whether a specific instrument is a cutting instrument.


Prohibition of sale/purchase

12   No person shall sell rock weed products or rock weed that

 

                (a)    the person has harvested for use by themselves for agricultural purposes; or

 

                (b)    are harvested in violation of these regulations.

 

13   No person shall purchase rock weed or rock weed products harvested or sold in violation of these regulations.


Application for lease

14   (1)    An application for a lease pursuant to Section 68 of the Act shall be in Form B.

 

       (2)    A notice of application for a lease pursuant to Section 69 of the Act shall be in Form A.

 

       (3)    A lease shall grant a person exclusive right to harvest in a particular area and shall be in Form C.


Procedure of hearings

15   The procedure at hearings of applications for leases shall be as directed by the Minister.


Assignment/surrender of lease

16   A lessee may, with the consent of the Minister, assign to any other person the lessee’s rights under the lease with respect to the whole or any part of the solum described in the lease.

 

17   A lessee may surrender a lease or the rights with respect to any part of the solum described in the lease to the Minister.


Terms and conditions of lease

18   A lease is subject to such additional special conditions as the Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council prescribes and sets out in or endorses on the lease.


Record of harvest

19   (1)    A lessee shall keep a record, as prescribed by the Minister, of all rock weed harvested from the solum described in the lessee’s lease or acquired by the lessee from other sources.

 

       (2)    A record kept pursuant to subsection (1) shall be open to inspection at all reasonable times by the Minister or a person designated by the Minister.

 

       (3)    Not later than 15 days after the end of each month for which a lease is in place, a lessee shall file with the Minister, for the Minister’s use only and not for publication, a written report specifying the type and quantities of rock weed and the area from which the rock weed was harvested by the lessee from the solum described in the lessee’s lease or otherwise acquired by the lessee during that month.

 

       (4)    Not later than 15 days after the end of each year for which a lease is in place, a lessee shall file with the Minister, for the Minister’s use only and not for publication, a statement of the types and quantities of rock weed harvested by the lessee from the solum described in the lessee’s lease or otherwise acquired by the lessee during the immediately preceding year.


Revocation, cancellation or alteration of lease

20   The Minister may revoke, cancel or alter a lease

 

                (a)    if the lessee fails to pay the annual lease fee or the royalty within 30 days after the fee or royalty is payable; or

 

                (b)    if the Minister is satisfied that the lessee has failed to comply with or observe any provision of the Act, these regulations or the lease.


Fees and royalties for lessees

21   (1)    A lessee shall pay an annual lease fee of $644.15 to the Minister.

Subsection 21(1) amended: 2013-105, N.S. Reg. 106/2013.

 

       (2)    The lease fee shall be payable

 

                (a)    for the first year, not later than 15 days after the date of the lease; and

 

                (b)    for each subsequent year, not later than 15 days after December 31 of each year.

 

22   (1)    A lessee shall pay a royalty to the Minister at a rate of $2.40 per wet tonne of rock weed that has been harvested during the previous year.

Subsection 22(1) amended: O.I.C. 2013-105, N.S. Reg. 106/2013.

 

       (2)    The royalty prescribed by subsection (1) shall be paid not later than 15 days after December 31 of each year.

 

       (3)    If the amount of the royalty prescribed by subsection (1) is greater than the annual lease fee for the year, the amount of the lease fee shall be deducted from the royalty payable.


[Note: references to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries have been updated throughout Forms A, B and C in accordance with Order in Council 2006-121 under the Public Service Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 376, effective February 24, 2006.]

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Form A


Province of Nova Scotia

Notice of Application for Rock Weed Harvesting Lease

pursuant to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act


Take notice that ......................(name).................................. of .......................(place of residence)........................... in the County of ..................(county)...................... will make application to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the Minister’s office in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Province of Nova Scotia, on .....................(month/day) ......................., 20 ......, for a lease to harvest rock weed for a period of .......... years from the date hereof in the following described area ..................(insert a description of the area for which lease is sought)......................

 

Dated at ...................................................

.............................(month/day)............................... , 20......

 

.............................................................

Name of applicant

 

.............................................................

Address of applicant


 ________________________________________________________________ 


Form B


Province of Nova Scotia

Application for Rock Weed Harvesting Lease


To the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Nova Scotia


Name of applicant: ...................................................................................................................

Address of applicant: ................................................................................................................

If applicant is a corporation, manner and date of incorporation: .................................................

...................................................................................................................................................

Head office address or name and address of recognized agent in Nova Scotia:

...................................................................................................................................................

Area for which lease sought: .....................................................................................................

Term for which lease sought: ....................................................................................................

Rock weed proposed to be harvested: .......................................................................................

Estimated annual harvest (in wet tonnes): .................................................................................

Method of harvesting: ...............................................................................................................

Will the rock weed be processed in Nova Scotia? .....................................................................

If so, to what stage? ............................................................................................................

If not to be completely processed in Nova Scotia, where will processing be done? ..............

.............................................................................................................................................

Attached is a copy of notice of this application that was published in the Royal Gazette Part I on ..............(month/day)................................., 20....... and in .....(insert name of local newspaper)................. on ..................(month/day)..........................................., 20.........

 

.................................................................

Applicant

 

.................................................................

Address of applicant

 

 

 ________________________________________________________________ 


Form C

 

Province of Nova Scotia

Rock Weed Harvesting Lease

pursuant to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act

 

 

This lease made .......................... (month/day/year) ............................................................

 

Between:

 

Her Majesty the Queen in the right of the Province of Nova Scotia, represented in this behalf by the Honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture,

 

hereafter called the “Province”

OF THE ONE PART

- and-

.....................................................

 

hereafter called the “Lessee”

OF THE OTHER PART

 

WHEREAS .......................................................................................................................

 

AND WHEREAS .............................................................................................................

 

1    NOW TO THIS AGREEMENT WITNESS that the Province hereby grants to the lessee an exclusive lease to harvest Ascophyllum nodosum owned by the Province, hereinafter referred to as “Ascophyllum”, from the solum of the Province in certain portions of Nova Scotia, more particularly described in Schedule “A” attached to and forming part of this Agreement.

 

Additional specific terms 2 through X

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties hereto have executed this Agreement the day and year first above written.

 

SIGNED, SEALED and DELIVERED           HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

            in the presence of                                IN RIGHT OF THE PROVINCE

OF NOVA SCOTIA

 

...............................................................          ...............................................................

Witness                                                            Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture

 

...............................................................          ...............................................................

Witness                                                            Proponent