Bay characterization for Nova Scotia shellfish aquaculture



In the Gulf Region waters of Nova Scotia, shellfish aquaculture remains in its early stages of development. A recent report based on an independent aquaculture regulatory review ( Doelle and Lahey, 2014) concluded, among other things, that licencing decisions needed to consider compatibility between aquaculture and other uses of coastal waters. Balance between sustainable development of shellfish aquaculture, fisheries and other resource uses (e.g., harbours, marinas, cottages, etc.) can be achieved through marine spatial planning and the implementation of a bay management plan designed to protect valued species in fisheries and conservations areas, while avoiding conflicts with other users of the marine resource. Although Nova Scotia has not yet developed such a plan, describing and mapping of coastal areas identified for aquaculture would provide critical information for planning and science-based decisions making, and could provide the basis for a bay-scale management plan.

The Department has identified a number of bays in Nova Scotia where future aquaculture development may be likely. Key variables including hydrodynamic characteristics, fisheries, and ecologically sensitive species’ habitat and distribution, as well as aquaculture-specific activities and mitigation options will be described for these bays. The results from this project will support departmental regulatory decisions that are consistent with the ecosystem-based approach to managing the shellfish aquaculture industry.






Shedding light on the effects of oyster farming

Program Name

Program for Aquaculture Regulatory Research (PARR)


2015 - 2018


Atlantic: Gulf of St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Estuary

Principal Investigator(s)

Monique Niles
Aquatic Science Biologist, Aquaculture and Coastal Ecosystems, Gulf Fisheries Centre
343 Université Ave., Moncton, New Brunswick

Team Member(s)

Marc Ouellette

Thomas Guyondet

Thomas Landry

Andrew Bagnall, Fisheries and Aquaculture, NS

Tim Webster, AGRG-NSCC, NS

Kate Collins, AGRG-NSCC, NS