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Fishing Regulations

made under subsection 53(2) and Section 113 of the

Wildlife Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 504

O.I.C. 88-131 (February 9, 1988, effective February 15, 1988), N.S. Reg. 29/1988

as amended to O.I.C. 2015-96 (March 31, 2015, effective January 1, 2016), N.S. Reg. 168/2015



Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the “Fishing Regulations”.


Definitions

2     In these regulations

 

                (a)    “Act” means the Wildlife Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 504;

 

                (b)    “Atlantic salmon” means Atlantic salmon other than landlocked salmon and includes a grilse;

 

                (c)    “Department” means the Department of Lands and Forests;

 

                (d)    “fish” means to angle by means of a hook and line;

 

                (e)    “fishing licence” means a General Fishing Licence and a Salmon Fishing Licence;

 

                (f)    Fisheries Act” means Chapter F-14 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970, as amended;

 

                (g)    “General Fishing Licence” means a licence issued pursuant to these regulations authorizing the person to whom it is issued to angle any fish excluding Atlantic salmon for which an open season is prescribed under the Fisheries Act and regulations made pursuant thereto;

 

                (h)    “Minister” means the Minister of Lands and Forests;

 

                (i)     “Provincial waters” means waters upon any shore or land or on or in any lake, river, stream or water course, wholly or partially within the Province, over or in respect of which the Province has authority to legislate with respect to fishing;

 

                (j)     “Salmon Fishing Licence” means a licence issued pursuant to these regulations authorizing the person to whom it is issued to angle Atlantic salmon and includes any type of seal or tag issued with the licence;

 

                (k)    “vendor” means a person appointed pursuant to Section 22 of the Act.

[Note: Effective April 1, 2007, the references to the Department and Minister of Lands and Forests in clauses (c) and (h) should be read as references to the Department and Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture in accordance with amendments made to the Public Service Act, by S.N.S. 2006, c. 44, and Order in Council 95-90 under the Public Service Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 376, effective March 1, 1995.]


Types of licence

3     (1)    The Minister may issue the following types of fishing licences at the rates stated:

 

                (a)    Resident General Fishing Licence                                                       $ 24.77

Clause 3(1)(a) amended: O.I.C. 2004-138, N.S. Reg. 123/2004; O.I.C. 2004-515, N.S. Reg. 249/2004; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

 

                (aa)  Resident General Fishing Licence (65 years and older)                         $5.91

Clause 3(1)(aa) added: O.I.C. 2000-116, N.S. Reg. 50/2000; amended: O.I.C. 2005-64, N.S. Reg. 20/2005; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

 

                (b)    Non-Resident General Fishing Licence                                               $ 56.12

Clause 3(1)(b) amended: O.I.C. 2004-138, N.S. Reg. 123/2004; O.I.C. 2004-515, N.S. Reg. 249/2004; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

 

                (c)    Resident Salmon Fishing Licence (16 years and over)                        $ 37.29

Clause 3(1)(c) amended: O.I.C. 2004-138, N.S. Reg. 123/2004; O.I.C. 2004-515, N.S. Reg. 249/2004; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

 

                (d)    Resident Salmon Fishing Licence (under 16 years)                             $ 11.81

Clause 3(1)(d) replaced: O.I.C. 95-312, N.S. Reg. 46/1995; amended: O.I.C. 2004-515, N.S. Reg. 249/2004; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

 

                (e)    Non-Resident Salmon Fishing Licence (seasonal)                              $137.64

Clause 3(1)(e) amended: O.I.C. 2004-138, N.S. Reg. 123/2004; O.I.C. 2004-515, N.S. Reg. 249/2004; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

 

                (f)    Non-Resident General Fishing Licence (7 day)                                   $ 31.03

Clause 3(1)(f) amended: O.I.C. 2004-138, N.S. Reg. 123/2004; O.I.C. 2004-515, N.S. Reg. 249/2004; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

 

                (fa)   Resident and Non-resident General Fishing Licence (1 day)               $12.16

Clause 3(1)(fa) added: O.I.C. 2006-65, N.S. Reg. 16/2006; amended: O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

 

                (g)    Non-Resident Salmon Fishing Licence (7 day)                                   $ 55.12

Clause 3(1)(g) amended: O.I.C. 2004-138, N.S. Reg. 123/2004; O.I.C. 2004-515, N.S. Reg. 249/2004; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

Subsection 3(1) replaced: O.I.C. 95-92, N.S. Reg. 15/1995.

 

       (1A) Each fee listed in subsection (1), except the fee listed in clause 3(1)(aa), includes a $5.91 fee to be deposited into the Nova Scotia Sportfish Habitat Fund, a special fund established under the Provincial Finance Act.

Subsection 3(1A) added: O.I.C. 2004-515, N.S. Reg. 249/2004; amended: O.I.C. 2005-64, N.S. Reg. 20/2005; O.I.C. 2007-160, N.S. Reg. 170/2007; O.I.C. 2008-176, N.S. Reg. 225/2008; O.I.C. 2009-164, N.S. Reg. 164/2009; O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 140/2011; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 168/2015.

[Note: Effective August 1, 2010, the Provincial Finance Act was replaced by the Finance Act, S.N.S. 2010, c. 2. Special funds are continued under S. 83 of the Finance Act and the authority to designate money to the funds is in S. 9 and 10 of the Act.]


Subsection 3(2) repealed: O.I.C. 2008-347, N.S. Reg. 312/2008.

 

       (3)    Where a General Fishing Licence is lost, destroyed or needs to be replaced for any reason, a vendor who sold the fishing licence may, if satisfied upon proof of the loss, destruction or need for replacement, cause to be issued to the applicant at no cost a replacement certificate in a form prescribed by the Minister.

 

       (4)    (a)    Where a Salmon Fishing Licence not including the tag or tags is lost, destroyed or needs to be replaced for any reason, the Minister may, if satisfied upon proof of the loss, destruction or need for replacement, cause to be issued to the applicant at no cost a replacement certificate in a form prescribed by the Minister.

 

                (b)    Where a Salmon Fishing Licence including the tag or tags is lost, destroyed or needs to be replaced for any other reason, the Minister may, if satisfied upon proof of the loss, destruction or need for replacement, cause to be issued to the applicant at the cost of five dollars a replacement licence together with such number of tags as were not used by the applicant when the original licence was lost, destroyed or in need of replacement for any other reason.

 

                (c)    An application for a replacement Salmon Fishing Licence with or without tags shall be on a form prescribed by the Minister.

 

       (5)    Any fishing licence issued pursuant to these regulations shall expire on March 31st of the year following the date of issuance.

 

       (6)    (a)    A licence issued pursuant to subsection (1)(f) or (1)(g) authorizes the holder thereof to fish for seven consecutive days within the open season prescribed by law for angling of the specie of fish covered by the licence.

Clause 3(6)(a) amended: O.I.C. 94-145, N.S. Reg. 30/1994.

 

                (b)    Notwithstanding subsection (5), a licence issued pursuant to subsection (1)(f) or (1)(g) shall expire on the expiration date marked or stamped on the licence.

 

                (c)    Except as provided in subsections (3) or (4), where a licence is issued under subsection (1)(f) or (1)(g) to a person, it shall be an offence for the person to obtain or attempt to obtain another licence under subsection (1)(f) or (1)(g) during the season with respect to which the licence is issued.

 

                (d)    The holder of a licence issued under subsection (1)(f) or (1)(g) may obtain a licence under subsection (1)(b) or (1)(e) provided that person returns any unused tags and does not take more fish than the total bag limit prescribed by regulations made pursuant to the Fisheries Act.

Subsection 3(6) added: O.I.C. 89-59, N.S. Reg. 7/1989.

 

       (7)    A licence issued pursuant to clause (1)(fa) authorizes the holder to fish for one day during the open season prescribed by law for angling of the species of fish covered by the licence.

Subsection 3(7) added: O.I.C. 2006-65, N.S. Reg. 16/2006.

 

       (8)    Notwithstanding subsection (5), a licence issued under clause (1)(fa) expires at the end of the day of the expiration date marked or stamped on the licence.

Subsection 3(8) added: O.I.C. 2006-65, N.S. Reg. 16/2006.


Disabled persons

3A  (1)    The Minister may issue a General Fishing Licence at no cost to a disabled person.

 

       (2)    In this Section, “disabled person” means a resident or non-resident who either

 

                (a)    has obtained or is entitled to obtain an accessible parking identification permit (permanent disability) issued under the regulations respecting identification permits for vehicles transporting mobility handicapped persons made under the Motor Vehicle Act; or

 

                (b)    has obtained a special number plate for their vehicle under the regulations respecting registration of mobility handicapped persons’ vehicles made under the Motor Vehicle Act.

 

       (3)    To demonstrate that they meet the criteria in clause (2)(a), a resident or non-resident must produce either

 

                (a)    an accessible parking identification permit (permanent disability) issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles; or

 

                (b)    a completed application form for an accessible parking identification permit (permanent disability) on an Application for Accessible Parking Identification Permits and Plates form issued by the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

[Note: Effective October 20, 2014, the reference to the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations should be read as a reference to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in accordance with Order in Council 2014-432 under the Public Service Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 376.]

 

       (4)    A completed application form referred to in clause (3)(b) is valid for 5 years from the date it was signed by the resident or non-resident’s doctor.

Section 3A added: O.I.C. 2008-347, N.S. Reg. 312/2008.


Qualifications—Resident General Fishing Licence

4     (1)    Subject to the licencing [licensing] provisions for Atlantic salmon, no resident 16 years of age or over shall fish or attempt to fish in Provincial waters unless that person possesses a valid Resident General Fishing Licence issued to that person.

Subsection 4(1) amended: O.I.C. 95-92, N.S. Reg. 15/1995; heading amended: O.I.C. 2015-16, N.S. Reg. 13/2015.

 

       (2)    Subject to the licencing [licensing] provisions for Atlantic salmon, no resident under 16 years of age is required to purchase or possess a Resident General Fishing Licence to fish in Provincial waters.

Subsection 4(2) amended: O.I.C. 95-92, N.S. Reg. 15/1995.


Subsection 4(3) replaced: O.I.C. 95-92, N.S. Reg. 15/1995; O.I.C. 2007-72, N.S. Reg. 47/2007; repealed: O.I.C. 2015-16, N.S. Reg. 13/2015.


Qualifications—Resident Salmon Fishing Licence

5     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), no resident shall fish for Atlantic salmon or attempt to fish for Atlantic salmon in Provincial waters unless that person possesses a valid Resident Salmon Fishing Licence issued to that person and at least one unused tag the number of which corresponds with the number on the Resident Salmon Fishing Licence issued to that person.

 

       (2)    (a)    Notwithstanding subsection (1), a resident under 14 years of age may fish for Atlantic salmon without a Resident Salmon Fishing Licence provided the resident is under the immediate supervision of a person who possesses a valid Salmon Fishing Licence and at least one unused tag the number of which corresponds with the number on the Salmon Fishing Licence issued to the person supervising.

 

                (b)    A resident under 14 years of age who does not possess a Salmon Fishing Licence and fishes for Atlantic salmon while not immediately supervised as required by clause (a) is guilty of an offence.


Qualifications—non-residents fishing licences

6     (1)    Subject to the licencing [licensing] provisions for Atlantic salmon, no non-resident 16 years of age and over shall fish or attempt to fish in Provincial waters unless that person possesses a valid Non-Resident General Fishing Licence issued to that person.

Subsection 6(1) amended: O.I.C. 95-92, N.S. Reg. 15/1995.

 

       (2)    Subject to the licencing [licensing] provisions for Atlantic salmon, no non-resident under 16 years of age is required to purchase or possess a Non-Resident General Fishing Licence to fish in Provincial waters.

Subsection 6(2) amended: O.I.C. 95-92, N.S. Reg. 15/1995.

 

       (3)    A non-resident shall not fish Atlantic salmon or attempt to fish Atlantic salmon unless that person possesses a valid Non-Resident Salmon Fishing Licence issued to that person and at least one unused tag the number of which corresponds with the number on the Non-Resident Salmon Fishing Licence issued to that person.


Sport fishing weekends

6A  Despite Sections 4 and 6, but still subject to the licensing provisions for Atlantic salmon, a person is not required to purchase or possess a Resident General Fishing Licence or a Non-Resident General Fishing Licence to fish in Provincial waters on any of the following days:

 

                (a)    the third Monday in February;

 

                (b)    the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding the holiday listed in clause (a);

 

                (c)    the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday of June.

Section 6A added: O.I.C. 2015-16, N.S. Reg. 13/2015.


Tagging of Atlantic salmon

7     (1)    The Minister shall issue to each person who obtains a Salmon Fishing Licence pursuant to these regulations a number of tags equal to the seasonal bag limit for Atlantic salmon as established under the Fisheries Act.

 

       (1A)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Minister shall issue eight tags for Atlantic salmon to any non-resident who obtains a licence under Section [clause] 3(1)(g).

Subsection 7(1A) added: O.I.C. 89-59, N.S. Reg. 7/1989; amended: O.I.C. 94-145, N.S. Reg. 30/1994.

 

       (2)    The Minister may authorize vendors or staff of the Department to sell Salmon Fishing Licences and to issue tags.

 

       (3)    No person authorized to sell Salmon Fishing Licences shall issue

 

                (a)    more tags than the seasonal bag limit for Atlantic salmon as established under the Fisheries Act or more than eight tags to a non-resident who obtains a licence under Section [clause] 3(1)(g); or

Clause 7(3)(a) amended: O.I.C. 89-59, N.S. Reg. 7/1989; O.I.C. 94-145, N.S. Reg. 30/1994.

 

                (b)    a numbered tag that does not correspond with the number on the Salmon Fishing Licence.

 

       (4)    Every person while fishing or attempting to fish Atlantic salmon shall carry the Salmon Fishing Licence and at least one unused tag issued to that person and shall produce the same for inspection together with proof of age and residency if so requested by the conservation officer.

 

       (5)    (a)    Every resident under the age of 14 who fishes for Atlantic salmon under supervision without a Resident Salmon Fishing Licence shall, immediately upon killing an Atlantic salmon, affix to it an unused tag of the person under whose supervision he is fishing.

 

                (b)    Every person supervising a resident under clause (a) shall be liable to prosecution in respect of any Atlantic salmon not tagged in accordance with these regulations or regulations made pursuant to the Fisheries Act.

 

       (6)    Except as provided in subsection (5), no person while fishing Atlantic salmon shall possess a tag the number of which does not correspond with the number on the Salmon Fishing Licence issued to that person.


Open seasons/bag limits/possession limits

8     Open seasons to fish together with bag limits and possession limits shall be in accordance with regulations passed pursuant to the Fisheries Act.


Information reports

9     (1)    Every person to whom a fishing licence is issued shall, within seven days after the close of the open season for which the licence is issued, complete and return to the Department any information return attached to or issued with the licence.

 

       (2)    Any person who fails to complete and return in accordance with subsection (1) an information return attached to or issued with a General Fishing Licence shall incur a penalty of not less than ten dollars nor more than fifty dollars.

 

       (3)    Any person who fails to complete and return in accordance with subsection (1) an information return attached to or issued with a Salmon Fishing Licence shall incur a penalty of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars.

Section 9 replaced: O.I.C. 89-59, N.S. Reg. 7/1989.


Terms and conditions of fishing licence

10   It shall be an offence for any person to contravene the terms and conditions contained in a fishing licence issued to that person pursuant to the Act and these regulations.


Penalty

11   Except as provided in Sections [subsection] 9(2) or 9(3), every person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of these regulations shall incur a penalty of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars.

Section 11 amended: O.I.C. 89-59, N.S. Reg. 7/1989.


Repeal of old regulations

12   Regulations made the 29th day of March, A.D., 1983, by Order in Council 83-330, as amended, respecting fishing are repealed effective on and after the 15th day of February, A.D., 1988.


Effective date of new regulations

13   These regulations shall come into effect on and after the 15th day of February, A.D., 1988.