Federal government response to the 2012 Cohen Commission report into the decline of Fraser River salmon and concerns about the potential impact to fish habitat protection under the amended Fisheries Act

Petition: 357

Issue(s): Fisheries, Governance

Petitioner(s): Canadian organization

Petitioner Location(s): Whistler, British Columbia

Date Received: 21 February 2014

Status: Completed—Response(s) to petition received

Summary: The petitioner is concerned about the lack of response from Fisheries and Oceans Canada to the recommendations made by the Cohen Commission. The Commission, which issued its report in October 2012, studied the decline of Sockeye salmon in the Fraser River in British Columbia and developed recommendations for improving its future sustainability. The petitioner asks Fisheries and Oceans Canada to describe the actions it took in response to the recommendations presented by the Commission. The petitioner is also concerned about the potential impact to fish habitat protection as a result of recent changes to the Fisheries Act and reported cuts to department staff. The petitioner asks how the Department will continue to monitor and protect fish habitat.

Federal Departments Responsible for Reply: Fisheries and Oceans Canada