The Cohen Commission is responsible for examining how the government has been managing the Fraser River sockeye, studying the population decline, where the stocks are now, and how to respond sustainably in the future. The hearings came to an end in June 2012 and the final report is to come out this week.
Information was compiled about the impacts on wild Pacific sockeye salmon in B.C. From 2011 to 2012, hearings and testimonies were given by witnesses, employees of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, non-governmental organizations, First Nations groups, and more. And a compilation of evidence about the impacts on wild salmon was presented. All of this will culminate in the Cohen Commission report which will present solutions for how to move forward in the future.
Please refer to the Cohen Commission website for publications of hearings from the past year, and the final report yet to come.