FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE–Free Fishing Weekend June 1-2


People are encouraged to try their hand at fishing during Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2.

Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence during the annual event.

More than 80,000 people participate in sportfishing each year, making it one of the province’s most popular active outdoor sports. It contributes about $65 million to Nova Scotia’s economy each year.

The licence-free weekend will also include numerous fishing derbies. A list of those and other derbies happening this season can be found at

All anglers are reminded to put safety first and to use flotation devices when on the water.

During the regular season, sportfishing requires a fishing licence that can be purchased at Department of Lands and Forestry offices or at any of the following locations,

Although a licence is not required on free sportfishing weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sportfishing in Nova Scotia can be found at .

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