Salmon Leaks Part 11: The Cohen Aquaculture Daily

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Salmon FarmFrom August 22nd to September 8th, evidence related to diseases and aquaculture will be presented to the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River.

Anticipating the volume of information that will result from these hearings, Watershed Watch Salmon Society (a participant with standing in the inquiry and represented by Tim Leadem and Judah Harrison of Ecojustice) has teamed up with the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation to provide the Cohen Aquaculture Daily – a daily update on the testimony presented and a bundling of the related media coverage. Bookmark the Cohen Aquaculture Daily page now or subscribe to our RSS feed to stay abreast of the developments. Daily bulletins begin on August 22nd.

***Update: Hearings were also re-opened for three days in December to further examine the issue of the Infectious Salmon Anemia virus (ISAv). Details on testimony and exhibits from December 15, 16 and 19 can be seen on the Cohen Aquaculutre Daily.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society’s Executive Director, Dr. Craig Orr, and Fisheries Biologist, Stan Proboszcz, will be present throughout these evidentiary hearings and are available to assist the media with understanding the large volume of evidence related to:

  • Impacts of salmon farms on wild salmon
  • The regulation of salmon farms
  • Impacts of disease and sea lice


They are also able to provide immediate access to documents that have entered the public record as evidence. For more information and contact details see our media advisory.

See below for the schedule of the evidentiary hearings related to diseases and aquaculture.


Schedule of evidentiary hearings – Diseases and Aquaculture (Note: for complete and updated schedule information see the Cohen Commission’s website)

August 22 and 23 – Diseases

  • Dr. Stewart Johnson – Head, Aquatic Animal Health, DFO
  • Dr. Michael Kent – Professor, Microbiology & Biomedical Sciences, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Christine MacWilliams – Fish Health Veterinarian – Salmonid Enhancement Program, DFO
  • Dr. Craig Stephen – Director, Centre for Coastal Health & Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary


August 24 and up to noon August 25 – Diseases

  • Dr. Kyle Garver – Research Scientist, DFO
  • Dr. Kristi Miller – Head, Molecular Genetics, DFO


As of afternoon of August 25, 26 and 29 – Aquaculture

  • Dr. Brendan Connors – School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr. Larry Dill – Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr. Josh Korman – Ecometric Research Inc.
  • Dr. Don Noakes – Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Thompson Rivers University


August 30 – Aquaculture

  • Dr. Ian Fleming – Professor, Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Gavin Last – formerly Assistant Director, Aquaculture Branch, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Trevor Swerdfager – formerly Director General, Aquaculture Management Directorate, DFO (NHQ)
  • Andrew Thomson – Director, Aquaculture Management Directorate, DFO (Pacific Region)


August 31 – Aquaculture

  • Dr. Gary Marty – Fish Pathologist, Animal Health Centre, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Dr. Peter McKenzie – Veterinarian and Fish Health Manager, Mainstream Canada
  • Dr. Mark Sheppard – Lead Veterinarian, Aquaculture Environmental Operations, DFO
  • Trevor Swerdfager – formerly Director General, Aquaculture Management Directorate, DFO (NHQ)


September 1 – Aquaculture

  • Brian Atagi – Area Chief Aquaculture, Conservation & Protection, DFO
  • Kerra Hoyseth – Senior Aquaculture Biologist, Aquaculture Environmental Operations, DFO
  • Andrew Thomson – Director, Aquaculture Management Directorate, DFO (Pacific Region)


September 6 – Aquaculture

  • Dr. Simon Jones – Research Scientist, DFO
  • Dr. Craig Orr – Executive Director, Watershed Watch Salmon Society
  • Mike Price – Biologist, Raincoast Conservation Foundation
  • Dr. Sonja Saksida – Executive Director, Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences


September 7 and 8 – Aquaculture

  • Clare Backman – Director of Environmental Compliance and Community Relations, Marine Harvest Canada
  • Alexandra Morton – Executive Director, Raincoast Research Society
  • Mia Parker – formerly Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.
  • Catherine Stewart – Salmon Farming Campaign Manager, Living Oceans Society


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