Cohen Commission Resumes Evidentiary Hearings
August 16, 2011
(Vancouver) The Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River will resume its evidentiary hearings in Vancouver tomorrow after a summer recess. Hearings will continue until the end of September, with final submissions expected in November 2011.
Upcoming topics include:
August 17 & 18 – Effects of habitat in the marine environment
August 19 & September 2 – Aboriginal fishing
August 22 – August 24 – Diseases and parasites
August 25 – September 8 - Aquaculture
Hearings are held Mondays through Fridays and are scheduled from 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2-4 pm most days. Details of each hearing day, including expected witnesses (as available) can be found on the commission’s online calendar at https://cohencommission.ca/en/Schedule/. Exhibits and transcripts are also posted online once available, and the calendar is updated regularly.
Hearings are open to the public and will be held at the Federal Court at 701 West Georgia Street, 8th floor. Please be aware that seating in the courtroom is limited. A media room will be provided for media in attendance. Media recording or broadcasting of the hearings may be allowed with advance arrangements. To discuss, contact Carla Shore at or .
About the Cohen Commission
The Cohen Commission (cohencommission.ca) was established on November 5, 2009 with the appointment of the Honourable Bruce Cohen as Commissioner. Under its Terms of Reference, the commission will hold hearings to investigate and report on the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River. Based on its findings, the commission will make recommendations for improving the future sustainability of the sockeye salmon fishery in the Fraser River, including, as required, any changes to the policies, practices and procedures of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in relation to the management of the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery. The commission’s final report must be submitted on or before June 30, 2012.
Carla S. Shore
Cohen Commission of Inquiry