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RG 15 · Series · 1942-1993
Part of Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

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.

2022-004 · Series · 1972-1998
Part of Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Forms part of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and contains funding application forms, project proposals, funding contracts, photocopies of invoices and receipts, and correspondence. Some case files also include photographs of projects underway or completed and/or architectural drawings, site plans, surveys, and technical plans.

The case files were created by departmental staff as they advised applicants, adjudicated projects and administered the funding, which ranged from $100 to $25,000.

Programs represented in the case files include the Department-run Financial Incentives Program, the Fisheries Development Program, the Economic Regional Development Agreement (ERDA), and its successor the Canada-Nova Scotia Cooperation Agreement in Fisheries Program (also referred to as ERDA in the files).

In addition to the case files, this series also includes meeting minutes of the federal/provincial committee negotiating the parameters of the ERDA funding program (1986-1989); and minutes of the ERDA Management Committee adjudicating applications (1990-1994).

RG 15 volumes 1-31 · Fonds · 1942-1998

Consists of Fisheries Minister's correspondence files with the Premier, other provincial and federal ministers, the Fishermen’s Loan Board, department staff and the public as well as planning and budget files (1960-1973); Deputy Minister's correspondence files (1942-1993); the Director of Fisheries Division files when it was part of the Department of Trade and Industry (1943-1964); “Deputy Minister’s Library” containing minutes of the Federal-Provincial Atlantic Fisheries Committee and its Sections (1959-1975); Director of Industrial Development Division files managing projects to improve vessels, gear and harbour facilities as well as negotiating funding agreements with the federal government (1961-1991); Product Development Officers’ files containing scientific research reports and experiments’ results, correspondence, proposals, and photographs (1973-1992); and Funding Programs Case Files from several cost-shared funding programs run by the Department alone or in partnership with the federal government (1972-1998). Fonds also includes meeting minutes, agendas, and loan agreements with the NS Resources Development Board (1980-1986), previously known as the NS Fishermen’s Loan Board.

Some major subjects represented in the records include experimenting with fish waste to make fertilizer (silage) for agricultural use; bringing new products to market such as snails and shark; and improving fish preservation, among other subjects. Some major projects of the Department include building the Fraser Mills hatchery and research centre near Antigonish NS (1987-1990), the Billfish experimental fishery (1995-1996), and the construction of 3 steel-hulled fishing vessels (1977-1979).

Nova Scotia. Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture