The long wait is coming to an end for Nova Scotia anglers with the sportfishing season starting Monday, April 1.
"Sportfishing is a popular recreational activity that also plays an important role in Nova Scotia's economy," said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. "We are fortunate to live in a province with an abundance of fishing opportunities."
Belliveau said anglers should become familiar with the new regulations for the 2013 season. These changes include new fish possession regulations, management measures, season changes and bag limits to conserve and enhance Nova Scotia's sport fishery.
Regulations are included in the 2013 Angler's Handbook and Summary of Regulations which comes with fishing licences.
More than 100,000 anglers enjoy fishing every year, including taking part in free fishing weekends each winter and summer, fishing derbies and tournaments, the Learn to Fish program for youth and outdoor skill programs like Families United with Nature and Becoming an Outdoors Woman.
Nova Scotia residents can purchase a seasonal licence for $26.73, taxes included. For non-residents, a seasonal licence is $61.73 and a seven-day licence is $33.72. Seniors' fishing licences are available for $6.57. One-day licences, for residents and non-residents, are $12.71. All anglers 16 or older must purchase a general fishing licence.
Licences can be purchased from many gas retailers, hardware, convenience and sporting goods stores, or at any Access Nova Scotia location. They are valid until March 31, 2014. Anglers must return the licence stub at the end of the season, when they will be eligible for a prize.
A licence is not required to fish in tidal or saltwater in Nova Scotia, but season and bag limits apply.
More information on angling and a list of special regulations by recreational fishing area can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing .