07/12/2013 11:30 EDT | Updated 09/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotians to be asked for input on aquaculture regulations next week

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government will begin public consultations next week as it looks to update aquaculture standards in the province.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced the creation of a panel in May tasked with recommending new regulations to govern the industry by the end of next year.

The panel will be led by two environmental law experts from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

They will be advised by a seven-member committee with representatives from industry and environmental groups, the Mi'kmaq and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

The government has about 20 public meetings planned across the province, starting Monday in Mabou.

The final meeting is planned for Aug. 27 in Stellarton.