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 2019, Nova Scotia exported $2.3 billion in fish and seafood products to over 80 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 »
Safe Harbour: Why investment in Nova Scotia is continuing during COVID-19
Since the beginning of the COVID-19, many businesses have chosen to invest and create jobs in Nova Scotia. These investments are the first signs of a change in the way businesses manage their workforces and investment decisions and also the first signs that Nova Scotia is well-positioned to attract investment despite the chaos.
2019: A Year of Expansion in Nova Scotia
For many of Nova Scotia’s high-tech innovators, 2019 was a year of growth and investment in the province. While the reasons may be obvious to us, we asked them to share – in their own words - why they chose Nova Scotia as the place to grow their business and raise their families.