Extension Granted to the Cohen Commission

The Cohen Commission of Inquiry has been given an extension. Their final report on the management of the Fraser River sockeye salmon, originally due May 2011, has been granted a completion date of June 30, 2012. An operation once projected to cost $14 million dollars, now requires an additional $11 million dollars for the additional time and involvement.

Carla Shore, the Commission spokesperson stated, “the number of participants involved, the volume of documents it has to review and complexity of the issues involved made hitting the judicial inquiry’s original May 1 deadline impossible.”

The Cohen Commission is responsible for examining how the government has been managing the Fraser River sockeye, studying their population decline, where the stocks are now, and how to respond sustainably in the future.

There has been both community support and opposition for the extension. [Read full article.]

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