Cohen Commision

Cohen Commission
4:04 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Canada's final report on the collapse of sockeye salmon released

Cohen Hearing on December 15th, 2011 in Vancouver, BC.
Craig McCulloch

The two year long Canadian inquiry into disappearing sockeye salmon has finally been released.  In the end, the report didn't pinpoint one cause for the collapse, but fish farms and Canada’s fisheries department was singled out for criticism.

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Salmon virus fears
2:28 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Scientist claims early evidence of salmon virus, feared lab would be closed

Canadian scientist Kristi Miller testifying that she found evidence of the ISA virus in salmon at the Cohen Commission hearings in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A Canadian scientist testifying in front of a commission on the collapse of the Fraser River salmon fishery says that tests done as far back as 2002 did find indicators of the Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) virus in pacific salmon and that her lab had discovered evidence of the virus from fish gathered in 1986.

Dr Kristi Miller, Head of Molecular Genetics in Nanaimo for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Ocean, testified in Vancouver, B.C., that Canada's food inspection agency was not happy with her doing the tests.  

She said there was a general feeling she should not be looking at viruses or diseases. She was fearful that all samples would be taken from her lab and was also very concerned that samples from her genomics program, also based in the lab, would be removed.

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