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Minister Shea Tables the Final Report of the Cohen Commission in the House of Commons

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2012) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Acting Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister of National Revenue, officially tabled the Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River in the House of Commons today. The Inquiry was led by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen and called in 2009.

"I was pleased today to table Justice Cohen's report in the House of Commons," said Minister Shea. "On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Justice Cohen and his team for their hard work and dedication in putting together this extensive report."

The extensive report gives a thorough treatment to the many complex factors that contribute to the health of salmon in British Columbia. Many people contributed to the Commissioner's study including scientists, academics, commercial and recreational fishermen, members of the aquaculture industry, First Nations and Aboriginal communities, environmentalists, federal and provincial government officials, and members of the public.

"Our Government recognizes the cultural and economic importance of salmon to British Columbia and we remain committed to the viability of the salmon fishery in British Columbia," said Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission Randy Kamp and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. "We will continue to work with partners, and review the Justice Cohen's findings and recommendations very carefully. I want to assure Canadians that we, like all British Columbians, want to see a sustainable and prosperous salmon fishery for years to come."

For a copy of the report, please visit: http://www.cohencommission.ca/en/

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa
613-990-7537


Barbara Mottram
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa
613-992-3474

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