BC Salmonfarmers and Cohen Commission

Salmon farmers present final oral arguments at Cohen
Commission

Lawyers for the BC Salmon Farmers Association are presenting their final oral
arguments to the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the decline of Fraser River
Sockeye today.

“This has been a long, in-depth process that has highlighted the complex
questions around wild salmon survival,” said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive
Director of the BCSFA. “We hope it will assist British Columbians to have a
better understanding of the seafood industry in their province.”

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 to examine
a number of topics including aquaculture, fish biology, urbanization, logging,
hydro, changes in ocean currents and climate change.

In that time, the BCSFA has contributed thousands of documents to the
commission and heard from many experts. The process has been a challenging one
both in staff resources and financial costs for the association and its
members.

“We agree that this is an important process and it was very important for us
to present our information and knowledge before the commission,” said Walling.
“The evidence corrects much of the misinformation about our industry.”

Last week, Justice Cohen announced hearings will be re-opened in December to
review suspect findings of ISAv in British Columbia. Information about ISAv and
the nearly 5000 farm samples that have tested negative for the virus has
already been presented to the commission. The BCSFA is eager to see the CFIA’s
follow-up testing complete and released.

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
each year

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For more information
Mary Ellen Walling, Executive
Director
BC Salmon Farmers Association
(250) 203-2974

To contact a BCSFA spokesperson in Vancouver, phone Colleen
Dane, Communications Manager, BCSFA (250)
203-1532.


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