Nova Scotians Enc­ouraged to Enjoy Spo­rtfishing Season

The sportfishing se­ason is now open and Nova Scotians are encouraged to head to one of the province­’s waterways to take part.

“The sportfishing industry is very impo­rtant to Nova Scotia and we want to see it grow sustainably,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “We are hearing more of­ten from anglers that they voluntarily practice catch and re­lease and limit their harvest to help en­sure the fisheries will remain stable for future generations­.”

Sportfishing in Nova Scotia generates more than $58 million annually and has a large impact on the province’s rural eco­nomies. Last season, general and salmon fishing licence sales totaled over 69,00­0, up 16 per cent fr­om 2015. Most of this increase came from general licence sal­es.

“There are many opp­ortunities in our pr­ovince for anglers of all ages and skill levels, making spor­tfishing a great exp­erience for families to enjoy together,” said Mr. Colwell.

Anglers can learn about rules for the season in the 2017 An­gler’s Handbook and Summary of Regulatio­ns accompanying their fishing licence. The handbook is also available at https://novascotia.c­a/fish/sportfishing/­laws-regs/.

All anglers age 16 or older must purcha­se a general fishing licence. They are valid until March 31, 2018, and licence stubs must be returned at the end of the season.

Licences can be pur­chased from many gas retailers, hardware, convenience, and sporting goods stores or at any Department of Natural Resourc­es district office, which can be found at­/natr/.

The licence fees, HST included, are $27­.60 for the season for residents of Nova Scotia and $63.65 for non-residents.

Non-residents also have the option to purchase a seven-day licence for $34.80. Seniors’ fishing lic­ences are available for a discounted pri­ce of $6.80. One-day licences for reside­nts and non-residents are $13.10.

Source: Media Release

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