|BC Salmon Farmers ready for Cohen Commission’s aquaculture hearings
VANCOUVER, Aug. 22, 2011 /CNW/ – The BC Salmon Farmers Association is ready
for the aquaculture hearing days, beginning August 25, 2011 at the Cohen
Commission of Inquiry into the decline of Fraser River Sockeye salmon.
After months of hearings on the decline of the Fraser River Sockeye salmon
and a wide range of possible impacts including fisheries management, habitat
protection, the Sockeye lifecycle etc., it is now aquaculture’s turn as the
topic of focus. Members of the BCSFA are scheduled to appear as witnesses on
August 31, September 7 and 8, and representatives from the association will
attend all nine days of hearings.
“We have been actively participating in the Cohen Commission process since it
started nearly two years ago and we are ready to help correct the misconceptions
and misinformation regarding our BC salmon farms,” said Mary Ellen Walling,
Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association.
To assist in the
commission’s process, the BCSFA has provided all of the information that the
Cohen Commission requested, including years of raw data about fish health on BC
salmon farms. This information was previously also released to the public
through ongoing reports by regulators.
“Justice Bruce Cohen has covered a lot of ground in his inquiry into the
decline of wild Sockeye salmon, and we will continue to provide assistance
wherever we can, to help with his ultimate goal of making recommendations to
protect our wild Fraser River Sockeye,” added Walling.
The Commission of
Inquiry into the decline of the Fraser River Sockeye salmon was established in
November 2009. In April 2010, the BCSFA was granted participant status in the
commission, which included aquaculture within its extensive terms of references.
Public hearings began in October 2010 and this process continues to examine a
number of topics including aquaculture, fish biology, urbanization, logging,
hydro, changes in ocean currents and climate change.
The BC Salmon Farmers Association represents farmers as well as those who
provide supplies and services to the industry, which employs 6,000 people
directly and indirectly and contributes $800-million to the provincial economy
For further information:
Mary Ellen Walling, Executive
Director, BC Salmon Farmers Association (250) 203-2974
To contact a BCSFA spokesperson in Vancouver, please contact:
Dane, Communications Manager, BCSFA (250)