(December 16, 2014):
The final Report can be found under Updates. The Panel would like to thank everyone for their interest, participation and feedback throughout the review.


Aquaculture has been a part of our coastal industries for more than thirty years. Nova Scotia's aquaculture industry is diverse and includes both marine- and land-based operations.
The aquaculture industry has outgrown the existing legislation and regulations. Within the Aquaculture Strategy, the Government of Nova Scotia committed to developing and implementing a regulatory framework for the aquaculture industry that will be state-of-the-art. It will encompass the three themes of sustainable development- environmental protection, social well-being and economic opportunity.
The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has established an independent two-person Panel, consisting of Professors Meinhard Doelle and William Lahey of Dalhousie University, to develop a regulatory framework for aquaculture in Nova Scotia. 
The Panel will lead the development of this framework through a process that is independent, transparent, consultative, collaborative, analytically rigorous and evidence-based. The outcome of this initiative will be a regulatory framework that meet the highest standards of effectiveness while balancing the interests of industry, other marine users, local communities, and environmental protection.