Nova Scotia sport fishing season to open in two weeks, new rules in place

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The annual sport fishing season opens April 1.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell is reminding anglers there are new regulations for this season. Changes include new management measures, season changes and bag limits to conserve and enhance Nova Scotia's sport fishery.

Regulations are included in the 2014 Angler's Handbook and Summary of Regulations, which accompanies each fishing licence.

Nova Scotia residents can purchase a seasonal licence for $26.73, taxes included. For non-residents, a seasonal licence is $61.73 and a seven-day licence is $33.72. Seniors' fishing licences are available for $6.57. One-day licences, for residents and non-residents, are $12.71. All anglers 16 or older must purchase a general fishing licence.

Licences can be purchased from many gas retailers, hardware, convenience and sporting goods stores, or at any Access Nova Scotia location. They are valid until March 31, 2015. Anglers must return the licence stub at the end of the season, when they will be eligible for a prize.

A licence is not required to fish in tidal or saltwater in Nova Scotia, but season and bag limits apply. A separate licence is required to sport fish for Atlantic salmon.

More information on angling and a list of special regulations by recreational fishing areas can be found online

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Ray Cullen
    April 19, 2014 - 15:06

    I Really Am Upset About The Senior Licenses Age Being 65....I Am 63 And Have To Pay Full Resident Price Of $26.73.While Seniors ,"as you call them",Pay Only $6.57....This Is Not Fair.Some Stores Recognize Seniors As Early As 55 Years Old..Time For A New Change In The Statuary Laws Of Fishing Licenses For Resident Seniors.....

    • Adrian
      May 08, 2014 - 22:27

      No they don't. Mabee they should just make all licenses (resident) the same price. It's 65 now because that is what the government deems as a senior citizen. As for the "not fair" part, well you should realize by now life is not fair. As for stores that recognize 55 for seniors, its a marketing ploy to get you to spend money in their store. $27 is a good price for a years worth of fishing, would I like it to be less, sure, am I not going to buy one because of the price, no. I use fishing to spend quality time with my son and trust me its worth every penny.

    • Adrian
      May 08, 2014 - 22:29

      No they don't. Mabee they should just make all licenses (resident) the same price. It's 65 now because that is what the government deems as a senior citizen. As for the "not fair" part, well you should realize by now life is not fair. As for stores that recognize 55 for seniors, its a marketing ploy to get you to spend money in their store. $27 is a good price for a years worth of fishing, would I like it to be less, sure, am I not going to buy one because of the price, no. I use fishing to spend quality time with my son and trust me its worth every penny.