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Nova Scotians think the aquaculture industry is impacting positively the economy, employment, and sustainability of a local food source, according to an opinion poll commissioned by the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS).

The poll, done between November and December 2021, surveyed 400 Nova Scotians adults. It shows they are aware that the province produces farmed salmon, mussels, oysters, and trout. Besides, they confirmed their interest about the industry. Respondents seek industry information and identify the farmed seafood sold in retail outlets within the province.

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Although, Nova Scotians admitted they are not familiar with the diversity of career options the industry offers. Regarding this, Tom Smith, executive director of the AANS said: “This polling shows the need to make Nova Scotians aware of just how well this industry is governed. It is full of opportunities for the whole province”. Finally, they want the aquaculture industry to run under appropriate legislation

According to the Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture, Nova Scotia produced $71.13 million (C$90.15 million) in aquaculture products in 2020. Furthermore, it employed 877 people full-time and part-time.

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