Nova Scotians looking forward to this year’s sport fishing season can start casting their lines Friday when the 2022 season opens.
The provincial government says the sport fishing industry is growing steadily and currently generates around $85 million a year.
Last year, more than 78,000 sport fishing licenses were sold, which the province said was the highest turnout in Nova Scotia since 1985.
“Sportfishing is a springtime tradition in our province — a hugely popular and healthy outdoor activity enjoyed by more Nova Scotians than ever before,” Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig said in a press release on Wednesday.
“I remind anglers to think ‘safety first’ when spending time on the water. Please use proper catch and release techniques and limit harvesting so this valuable sport remains sustainable.”
Craig noted that sport fishing also supports jobs and economic activity in rural Nova Scotia communities and is important to the province’s tourism industries.
Sport fishing licenses can be purchased online or at Ministry of Natural Resources and Renewable Energy field offices and various businesses across the province.
“We encourage all sport fishers to practice good conservation methods such as catch and release and if you have the opportunity, please take a child fishing,” said Brent Locke, president of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association. “Teaching a child to fish encourages an appreciation for nature, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and teaches patience.”
More information on the sport fishing season in Nova Scotia is available online.