Tag Archives: Cohen Commission

Final tab for Cohen Commission tops $37 million

The federal inquiry into B.C.’s Fraser River sockeye fishery cost at least $37.3 million, according to a public disclosure this month. That’s far higher than the $26.4-million price tag has long been associated with the 2012 report by Justice Bruce Cohen. The difference is that the lower figure reflected direct Cohen commission costs. Read more here 22:59

Salmon farmers in B.C. fish for federal legislation

The lack of a federal aquaculture act is hurting British Columbia salmon farming, and the sector as a whole in Canada, say industry leaders. “We’re the only seafood farming industry in the world that doesn’t have its own legislation,” said Ruth Salmon, the executive director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA). Read more here  06:55

Canada – changing its laws to fit salmon farming , Alexandra Morton

The salmon farming industry in BC is on the verge of a major expansion and the federal government is changing Canada’s laws to make sure it happens.,,   While there are many forms of aquaculture, the committee seems preoccupied with net pen salmon farming.  Farming salmon in net pens is the problem child of aquaculture in Canada, the sqeaky wheel, with lobby presence in Ottawa. Read more here  16:27

In letter to Campbell River newspaper, Shea says DFO supports wild and farmed fish

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector worldwide, now supplying over 50 percent of the global demand for fish and seafood. In Canada, aquaculture is worth over $2 billion annually and employs more than 14,000 Canadians. Read [email protected]  17:20

Ottawa opens door to fish farm expansion, and applications flood in

OTTAWA — The Harper government has quietly opened the door to a major expansion of B.C.’s controversial fish farm sector despite warnings by the 2012 Cohen Commission about the effects of net-based farms on wild salmon. Read [email protected]  12:55

Ottawa withholding reports on B.C. wild salmon

Published – Key scientific documents needed before the department of Fisheries and Oceans can implement its plan to save British Columbia’s wild salmon have been held up in Ottawa for a year. The documents, concerning sockeye conservation units on the Fraser River, were withheld from the Cohen Commission even though they were substantially ready for release at the time the federal inquiry was under way. continued

Money for aquaculture, but not wild salmon, critics note – MPs say federal budget fails to respond to Cohen report on B.C. salmon decline

Money in this year’s federal budget for aquaculture has critics wondering when Ottawa plans to speak up for wild salmon on the west coast. continue reading