Media Release: NEWS CONFERENCE—Government response still missing one year after sockeye inquiry final report —scientists, First Nations and conservationists call for action

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Media Advisory (PDF version of release)
October 29, 2013

Location: Vancouver – Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings St., Segal Room, (room number 1400)

Time: 10 am, Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It’s been one year since Justice Bruce Cohen completed his $26 million federal inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. Cohen’s comprehensive 1,200 page report and 75 detailed recommendations should have served as a blueprint for protecting Fraser sockeye and restoring public confidence, but nothing has been done. Government continues to miss recommendation deadlines and opportunities to protect a valuable Canadian resource.


The following will speak at a news conference about their concerns with the lack of action:

  • Honourable John Fraser, Former Fisheries Minister and Speaker of the House of Commons  (604) 908-1733
  • Dr. Craig Orr, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Inquiry Participant and Witness  (604) 809-2799
  • Ernie Crey, Sto:lo Tribal Council, Inquiry Participant and Witness  (604) 316-1055
  • Dr. John Reynolds, Simon Fraser University, Inquiry Expert Witness and BC Leadership Chair in Salmon Conservation.


Watershed Watch Salmon Society (WWSS) has been watching out for B.C.’s wild salmon since 1998. Our focus is to elevate the dialogue surrounding wild salmon and to improve our chances of saving them. Watershed Watch believes that real changes in attitude and behaviour are based on understanding, and that significant understanding requires a broad and deep appreciation of a wide range of habitat, harvest, and management issues.

The SOS Marine Conservation Foundation (SOS) is a group of successful business leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists brought together to protect B.C.’s wild salmon stocks and the marine environment from negative impacts of open net-cage salmon farms and establish B.C. as a leader in creating a globally renowned, stable and viable aquaculture industry.

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