Canada’s #1 Seafood Exporter
Nova Scotia fish harvesters and processors offer the highest quality fish and shellfish, pulled responsibly and sustainably from the icy waters of the North Atlantic.
In 2018, Nova Scotia remained Canada’s seafood export leader with more than $2 billion in exports to over 75 countries. It's easy to export large quantities of fresh products with ports that are ice-free year round, and convenient road, rail, and air connections. Daily air service operates to Asia, Europe, and North America.
The province's seafood industry also benefits from reliable, efficient supply chains that support everything from harvest to processing to distribution.
Home to a wide range of species
Nova Scotia's seafood industry includes 178 processing companies that provide year-round access to more than 50 species of premium quality fish and seafood, including:
- Atlantic Halibut
- Atlantic Pollock
- Atlantic Salmon
- Canadian Lobster
- Coldwater Shrimp
- Red Fish
- Sea Cucumber
- Sea Scallop
- Sea Urchin
- Silver Hake
- Snow Crab
Nova Scotia's sustainable fishing industry is driven by a commitment to quality at every step along the value chain. Our partners include governments, industry associations, harvesters, processors, and supply chain service providers. Together, we work hard to deliver the highest quality fish and shellfish.
With sustainably-managed fisheries that provide an abundance of fish stocks from the North Atlantic on a daily basis, Nova Scotia is Canada’s leading fish and seafood exporter.
With companies like these, Nova Scotia fish products - and our premium hard-shell lobster - can be found in over 75 different countries, thanks to timely and consistent cold chain logistics with capacity to deliver fresh seafood to North American, European, and Asian markets.
Buy Nova Scotia Seafood
To source Nova Scotia seafood, please use the Seafood Export Directory; searchable by company name, product, or export market.
Nova Scotia Seafood International Brand
In 2017, the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture launched the Nova Scotia Seafood brand to promote Nova Scotia seafood in key international markets such as Asia, Europe, and the United States. The brand is designed to raise the value and awareness of Nova Scotia seafood through retail and food service promotions, marketing collateral, in-bound missions for member of the overseas trade and press, trade shows, out-bound trade missions, and advertising. Learn more »
Igniting entrepreneurship across Nova Scotia
Let’s say you need help growing your business, or you have an idea for starting one. Where do you start? You know there are support organizations that can help – but which one? With so many options, it can seem overwhelming at first – especially if you live in a rural area where offices might be geographically spread out. This is where Ignite Labs comes in.
From the 1960s to today: Scotian Gold investing in innovation
The first video game console. The first computer mouse. The laser. All hallmark inventions from the 1960s that laid the groundwork for countless future advancements. And for a small business in the small town of Coldbrook, the era is a reminder of an advancement made here in the province’s agricultural industry – in a technology you may have never heard of but have certainly benefitted from.
Hutchinson Maple Products: Bringing sweetness to the world
When Hutchinson Maple Products goes to Anuga 2019 in Cologne, Germany, this October, they’ll be sharing specialty Nova Scotia sweetness with some serious food lovers. Anuga is the world’s largest food trade show, hosting more than 7,400 exhibitors and around 165,000 visitors.
A.F. Theriault & Son: Craftsmanship for 80 years
By the time most of us reach our 80th birthday, we might be forgiven for putting our feet up and taking it easy. For A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd., Nova Scotia’s oldest and largest family-owned shipyard, last year’s 80th anniversary marked new vitality and new investment.