Watershed Watch Releases Report on Cohen Inquiry Highlights
Although it’s not light summer reading, those compelled by the story of the present plight and future prospects of Fraser Sockeye may still be interested in perusing Watershed Watch’s “Cliff’s Notes” version of key evidence and testimony from the ongoing Cohen Sockeye Inquiry.
Indeed, the Cohen Inquiry into the Decline of Fraser Sockeye was quite revealing on many levels. Mountains of crucial and previously confidential information was entered into evidence. We also heard detailed testimony and received numerous technical reports from fisheries managers, scientists, and an alarmed public over nearly 18 months of public hearings.
Concerned that key evidence was hard to access and could become buried and forgotten, we took on the task of summarizing key evidentiary highlights on the many subjects considered during the inquiry, including harvest, habitat, management, conservation, Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy, aquaculture, diseases and other issues. Our Cohen Inquiry Highlights: Synopsis of Key Evidence from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Fraser River Sockeye is thus meant to keep the story and facts on the front burner and serve as a meaningful and permanent record easily accessible to the public. To facilitate its use and to aid keeners, the report also contains hundreds of electronic links to specific exhibits and transcripts that we’ve uploaded to our website.
Apart from a helpful overview of some of the evidence and testimony tabled in Canada’s first-ever federal sockeye review, Watershed Watch also offers this report as a measuring stick against what is considered in the final report of the Commissioner (due September 2012)—and more importantly, what actions government eventually decides to take in response to its federal sockeye inquiry.