ADA Background

What is an ADA?

- An Aquaculture Development Area (ADA) is an area of water that has been identified  following a thorough assessment, has been pre-approved for specific types of  aquaculture to facilitate the responsible development of the aquaculture industry. An  ADA establishes that, for the designated area, there is an opportunity for the optimum  use of marine resources through aquaculture development that occurs within the terms  and conditions defined for that ADA.

What is the goal of the ADA? 

- The primary goal of an ADA is to proactively facilitate the sustainable development of  the marine aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia through a defined public process led by  the Government of Nova Scotia and respective local authorities and other regulatory  governments and agencies supported by appropriate social, environmental, economic  data and respective engagement with stakeholders.

What are the objectives of the ADA?

- The proactive approach aims to reduce the social, financial and regulatory barriers  facing the aquaculture industry whereby stakeholder engagement, data collection and  analysis processes are the responsibility of an appointed Steering Committee and  supporting subcommittees made up of regulators, First Nations, local authorities,  research  institutions and respective stakeholders; practices traditionally the  responsibility of  private industry in the licensing and leasing process.

ADA Process

What is the process to establish an ADA? Who is involved? Are different government agencies involved in the decision process?

- A Steering Committee is formulated with representation from NSDFA and the local  municipal government and/or First Nations. The purpose of the Steering Committee is  to lead, oversee and coordinate subcommittees, dialogue and information sharing and  make decisions on or facilitate coordination with appropriate regulatory authorities  where needed on matters related to exploring an aquaculture development area (ADA)  in alignment with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NSDFA and  respective local government/First Nations.


- Furthermore, the Steering Committee synchronizes communications throughout the      ADA processes, enforce timelines, ensure projects goals are being met and liaises about  ADA processes and procedures with appropriate authorities. 


- The project involves the following departments: 

 Nova Scotia Environment 

 Nova Scotia Agriculture 

 Nova Scotia Municipal Affairs and Housing 

 Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs 

 Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry 

 Nova Scotia Transportation Infrastructure & Renewal 

 Nova Scotia Energy and Mines 

 Nova Scotia Community Culture and Heritage 

 Fisheries and Oceans Canada 

 Canadian Food Inspection Agency 

 Transport Canada 

 Environnent & Climate Change Canada