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Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture

Fishing Licence: Salmon

Who Needs This Licence?

Anyone 13 years old or older who wants to fish for Atlantic Salmon in provincial waters in Nova Scotia. This includes all fresh water sources, such as rivers and lakes. See Additional Information for exceptions to the licence requirements for residents under 16 years of age.

Please see the Salmon Fishing Regulations for information on Salmon fishing areas in Nova Scotia.

Issuing Department / Agency:
This licence is made available to the public through Authorized Vendors, and at District Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources, on behalf of the N.S. Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?

Authorized vendors (including most sporting goods stores).
Note: not all hunting and fishing licence vendors carry Salmon Licences.


Service Delivery Division
Business Registration Unit
Service Nova Scotia

Phone: 902-424-4467 or 902-424-4821
Fax: 902-424-0602

Office Location:
Maritime Centre
9th Floor, Reception Area
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1529
Halifax, NS  B3J 2Y4

NOTE: The Maritime Centre is located at the intersection of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road (the Aliant Building at the foot of Spring Garden).

Any of the District Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Application Process:
Applicants must appear in person and provide proof of age and residency to the person issuing the licence. They then fill out the application and pay the fee directly to the authorized vendor or office of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.

If all the requirements are met, the licence is issued on the spot.

This licence is valid from the date of purchase to the close of the salmon season in the year it was purchases. (Note: the salmon season varies from year to year, and is set by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. See Additional Information, below.)

Waiting Period:
Price:  (HST* not Included)

Resident (16 years and over): $ 37.29
Resident (Under 16 years of age): $ 11.81
Non-Resident (seasonal): $ 137.64
Non-Resident (7 Day): $ 56.12

Replacement cost: $ 5.10

*Harmonized Sales Tax

Expiry :
This licence is good for one season only. Once it expires, it is invalid, and you have to buy a new one.
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
  1. Residents under the age of 13 can fish for salmon in Nova Scotia without a licence, but they must be accompanied by an adult with a licence. Also, the adult has to use their tags to tag the salmon.

  2. Residents under the age of 16 can fish for salmon in Nova Scotia by the same rules as those under 13 (above) -- or, they can purchase their own licence and tags for $12.07 (HST included).

  3. Each licence fee includes a $5.91 fee that is deposited into a Sportfish Habitat Fund to be used for volunteer projects to conserve and enhance fish habitat and improve public access. The Fund is administered by Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture . For more information, contact the Inland Fisheries Division, PO Box 700, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0. Phone: 902-485-5056, Fax: 902-485-4014, E-mail:

  4. Seasons and Limits: In tidal or salt-water, which is federal jurisdiction in Canada, seasons and bag limits vary from place to place within the province. For more information, contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Halifax at 902-426-9010 (weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), or the Department 24-hour phone at 1-800-565-1633, or this web site:

  5. See also Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture home page at:


Legislative Authority:

Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act, Chapter 25 of the Acts of 1996.

Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504

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