Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The first step in redeveloping the Nova Scotia fishery is the restructuring and rebuilding of the various Nova Scotia commercial fishing fleets. In this paper, the evolution of the Nova Scotia fishery and fleets is outlined as background for discussion of concerns, issues, and conflicts of the various participants involved in determining the future structureand composition of the Nova Scotia fleet mix. It is concluded that whatsoever the structure and composition of the fleet, there remains the need to protect a critical balance among the various sectors of the Nova Scotia fishery.