A few folks are pretty excited about some of the “science advisers” hired by the Cohen Commission – Public Inquiry into Declines of Fraser River Sockeye. I can safely say I don’t disagree with the criticism. How does it make sense for a 30-year DFO bureaucrat Dr. Brian Riddell, who left relatively recently to head up the Pacific Salmon Foundation (which receives over $1 million per year from DFO)?
Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is supposed to be under scrutiny in this Commission — including past bureaucrats decisions — now there are four individuals appointed to the Commission that have long ties to DFO.
As Mark Hume suggests in his Globe article from this past weekend:
I don’t necessarily always agree with John Cummins’ opinions and rants on some fisheries issues; however, I think he’s got a pretty good point on this one…
Seems the Cohen Commission is continuing down a slippery slope… one covered in sockeye slime…
Raif Mair also has some comments on this issue at the Common Sense Canadian.
The Cohen Commission also released a Discussion Paper last week outlining “Issues that the Commission intends to Investigate“.
Pretty broad, pretty fluffy – however some promising issues such as “cumulative impacts”. Glad to see it… as I keep saying anywhere and everywhere “there is no smoking gun”. This a cumulative decline caused by a variety of factors; some within our control, many outside of our control.
The Common Sense Canadian website has a short interview with Dr. Daniel Pauly, who reflects exactly this message: