10 May Focused on our Fisheries
The subject of Marine Protected Areas is of vital interest to Nova Scotia, as our province is defined by the ocean.
Premier Stephen McNeil recently made a presentation to the National Advisory Panel on Marine Protected Area Standards in Moncton, emphasizing the importance of allowing our fisheries industry to grow and thrive, while providing appropriate environmental protection.
“We also need to ensure the fishery and aquaculture industries – which support thousands of jobs in communities across our province – can continue to grow and thrive,” said McNeil. “We will work with the federal government on the objective of more marine protected areas, but it has to be done in a way that allows Nova Scotians to maximize the value of our resources.”
Generations of Nova Scotians – from one end of our province to the other – have made their living from the ocean. And we continue to rely on the ocean today.
More than 11,500 people are directly employed in the fishery here in Nova Scotia, and we lead the country in seafood exports.
Aquaculture is a growth industry in our province, and so is marine plant harvesting.
We are home to the Bedford Institute for Oceanography, the country’s largest centre for ocean research – and we are fortunate to be home to more than 300 ocean technology companies across our province. Ocean innovators will also have a new place to work and collaborate, with the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship, known as COVE, set to open this spring on the Dartmouth waterfront.