Fraser River Sockeye Salmon: Past Declines. Future Sustainability?
Interim Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (Cohen Commission)
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Issued by the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River.
Published by Canadian Government Publishing, 2010.
| On October 29, 2010, the
Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser
River released its interim report titled Fraser River Sockeye Salmon: Past
Declines. Future Sustainability?. Justice Bruce Cohen's interim report
presents his preliminary views on, and assessment of, any previous
examinations, investigations or reports that he deemed relevant to the inquiry
and the federal government's responses to those examinations, investigations
The interim report states that it is too early to tell whether the high production of Fraser River sockeye in 2010 will be sustained into the future, but it is clear that the variability from 2009 to 2010 has important implications for the commission's work. "My mandate to make findings of fact regarding the causes for the decline of Fraser sockeye and to develop recommendations for improving the future sustainability of the fishery still remains, but that decline must now be understood and evaluated in the context of an unprecedented rebound in 2010," wrote the Commissioner.
About the Commission:
On November 5, 2009, the Governor in Council issued an Order in Council setting out the Terms of Reference for the Cohen Commission, formally named the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. The Honourable Bruce Cohen, a justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, has been appointed Commissioner under Part 1 of the Inquiries Act.
The inquiry will be conducted in two phases. During the first phase, the Commissioner will review and assess any previous examinations, investigations or reports that he deems relevant to the inquiry and the Government's responses to those examinations, investigations and reports.
Phase two will investigate and make independent findings of fact regarding:
The final report is expected in 2011.
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