Fisheries, Marine, and Natural Resources Law

Taylor MacLellan Cochrane has been developing expertise in these exciting areas of law all of which have very important application in Nova Scotia and throughout Atlantic Canada. Fishing, agriculture, forestry and mining have historically been key economic generators in Nova Scotia in particular and are part of the rich socio-cultural fabric of our Province.

Jeff Silver, Of Counsel at Taylor MacLellan Cochrane have developed a significant corporate commercial practice in the fishery. They are fully and thoroughly conversant with the law and policy regime governing the purchase and sale of fishing licenses, core enterprises and fishing vessels. Jeff also has a tax law practice and work very closely with major accounting firms in the province to ensuing that individual and corporate fishing clients have the best advice available in this complex area of law.


What We Do

  • Represent individual fish harvesters appealing licensing decisions before Regional Licensing Appeal Committees and the Atlantic Fisheries License Appeal Board;
  • Draft fisheries management agreements for selected fisheries under co-management;
  • Advocating on behalf of fish harvester’s and fish harvesters’ organizations for improved access and allocation in the fishery;
  • Purchase and sale of fishing licenses and fishing vessels;
  • Preparation of trust agreements relating to financing of fishing licenses;
  • Incorporation of fishing companies and preparation of shareholders’ agreements and annual fishing plans;
  • Preparation of fisheries partnership agreements;
  • Arbitration and litigation of fisheries partnership disputes;
  • Judicial review of decisions of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans;
  • Defence of charges under the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Wildlife Act, the Wilderness Area Protection Act, the Canada Shipping Act;
  • Right to farm issues including resource conflict concerns and integrated resource management;
  • Legal advice regarding resource development, land use and environmental planning, contaminated sites.


The Taylor MacLellan Cochrane Fisheries and Natural Resource Law Team can be contacted by e-mail at TMC Fisheries and Natural Resources or visit the Contact page for information on how to contact them by phone, fax, mail or to find out where our office is located.


Legal Services

Kentville Office / Mailing Address:
50 Bridge Street
Kentville, NS
B4N 2E4

Windsor Office:
189 Gerrish Street
Windsor, NS

t: 902.678.6156 Kentville
t: 902.472.6156 Windsor
f: 902.678.6010
Toll Free: 1-888-4-TMC-LAW

Jeffrey D. Silver,
Of Counsel

Terra Aston

Kimberley MacEachern