The Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia was formed in 1977 to support the fledgling fish and shellfish farming industry. In its early days the Association (operated by volunteers) lobbied governments for improved programs for aquaculture, organized meetings and workshops, and served as the focal point for technology transfer.
In 1994, the Association and its government supporters decided that the time for professional staff had arrived and hired its first Executive Director and officially registered as a not-for-profit business. Over the years as the Association grew so did the staff. Currently the AANS employs three staff members: an Executive Director, a Research & Development Coordinator, and a Public Engagement Coordinator.
Governed by a board of directors, the AANS represents the mutual interest of aquaculture businesses; comprising shellfish & finfish farmers, fish processors, hatchery & nursery owner-operators, land-based recirculation operators involved in alternate species, and a range of industry suppliers.
The AANS supports its members in developing viable businesses by defending their interests with government, pursing access to funding, providing appropriate services and by promoting aquaculturalists as farmers of a diversity of high quality products.