Nova Scotians can follow the work of the independent Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board, established as part of government’s approach to regulating the aquaculture industry, with a website launched August 13.
The board is an independent body that will make decisions on aquaculture applications for new sites in marine areas, for expansions of existing sites and for the addition of finfish species to sites not currently approved to produce finfish.
“We’re pleased to see the review board taking on this important independent responsibility,” said Keith Colwell, minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “The ability to properly regulate the aquaculture industry is a priority for government because it contributes to sustainable growth in an environmentally sound way.”
The board will hold hearings in communities located close to areas where applications are made for aquaculture sites. Information about the hearings will be posted on the website.
The website also provides information on how the public can participate in matters before the board and outlines the process of covering adjudicative proceedings for media.
Within 30 days of a hearing, the board will issue a decision that will then be made public and posted on the website.
More information is available at, https://arb.novascotia.ca .