Forms part of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and contains incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Deputy Minister, including with the NS Fishermen’s Loan Board; and minutes of meetings with the federal Department of Regional Economic Expansion (DREE), the NS Voluntary Economic Planning Board, the Waterfront Development Coordinating Committee tasked with improving the commercial and tourist waterfronts of Bedford, Canso, Liverpool, Louisbourg, Pictou and Port Hawkesbury; the Agricultural and Rural Development Act (ARDA) Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee, and the Federal-Provincial Atlantic Fisheries Committee (FPAFC).
Also includes administration files containing departmental policies, division reports on activities, development projects planning files, staff appointments and biographies, historical essays, and internal memos; fishing industry statistics and early documents about the “Twelve Mile Limit” for Nova Scotia territorial waters; legislation and regulations regarding fish inspections; departmental newsletters volume 1 to 6; and unofficial year-end reports.
Files are organized by file title in alphabetical order. Some files date back prior to the creation of the Fisheries Department. This is because the first Deputy Minister was also the last Director of Fisheries Division when it was part of the Department of Trade and Industry. He continued adding to these files when transferred from the old structure.