The report of the Cohen Commission, which invested the decline of sockey salmon in the Fraser River, released its report to the public today. The $25 million inquiry reviewed 3 million pages of evidence and 179 witnesses over the course of 2 years.
The salmon decline caused significant concern in B.C. because fisheries were closed for several years, despite favourable pre-season estimates. In 2009 only 1.4 million of an expected 10 million salmon returned to spawn.
The report was unable to identify any single cause for the decline, noting that the situation was complicated:
Some, I suspect, hoped that our work would . . . [more]