The DFO's lawyer seemed unaware as he questioned Hinch on climate change and over population affecting the fish.
According to Elena Edwards via Cohen Inquiry Notes:
"One thing that is being brought into play this time around is the disease data from the fish farms and the province. Small potatoes? I think not. One does not have to dig very deep to find an unending supply of information about the devastating impacts open net salmon farms have had on wild salmon stocks on a global scale. At virtually every public forum held from August through September of 2010 people spoke of their concerns about fish farms and the effect they have on wild salmon. Through much perseverance by Dr. Alexandra Morton and Stan Proboszcz, the release of disease records from 120 fish farms from 2000-2010 has been issued by the commission and will be thoroughly examined in the months to come.
The topic of fish farms is the can of worms that has yet to be opened in the Cohen Commission, with the lid being quickly resealed when mention of them arises in the courtroom at this juncture. But make no bones about it, when that lid comes off there will be no putting it back on and some very fishy business will be put on the table! Dinner anyone?
The Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River continues until 17th March (for spring break until 4th April). Thursday 17th March sees Dr. Laura Richards, Regional Director, Science at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans take the witness stand.
Hearings are open to the public and will be held at the Federal Court at 701 West Georgia Street, 8th floor, in Vancouver. As topic and witness schedules are subject to change, media and the public are advised to consult the calendar on the commission's website.