Environment Water

Follow recommendations of the Cohen Commission on restoring sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River.

Liberal Platform Page 43 October 5, 2015
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Oct 2018

Cohen Response Status Update – October 2018

Government of Canada October 11, 2018

In 2009, Canada established the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (Cohen Commission) to investigate the decline of sockeye salmon stocks. While the final report of the Cohen Commission, The Uncertain Future of Fraser River Sockeye, released in October 2012, did not find any “smoking gun” or single factor leading to decreased Pacific salmon stocks, it did make 75 recommendations.

The Government of Canada, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), as well as the Province of British Columbia (BC), have now taken actions to address all 75 of these recommendations.

Sep 2017

Cohen Response Status Update – September 2017

Government of Canada September 28, 2017

In 2009, Canada established the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (Cohen Commission) to investigate the decline of Sockeye Salmon stocks. The final report of the Cohen Commission, The Uncertain Future of Fraser River Sockeye, was released in October 2012 and included 75 recommendations.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), along with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Province of British Columbia (BC), have now acted on 64, or 85%, of these recommendations (Table 1). As part of our ongoing commitment to openness and transparency, an update of actions taken to address the recommendations was first provided in August 2016. This status report provides updated information on the actions taken in the past year.

Nov 2015

Trudeau orders DFO to reopen Coast Guard base in Vancouver + Salmon stocks in the Fraser River

CTV News Vancouver November 13, 2015

Tootoo was also directed to follow the recommendations of the Cohen Commission on restoring sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River.