Controversy over deadly salmon virus will dominate critical final hearings of Cohen commission

A long-buried draft fisheries department report on the discovery of a deadly salmon virus in BC waters has set the stage for a dramatic end to the Cohen commission’s long investigation of the decline of the Pacific salmon.

Uncovered by salmon campaigner Don Staniford, the report discloses the discovery of infectious salmon anemia, a disease never before found in BC that is associated with salmon farming, with many samples taken as far back as 2002. The new information will no doubt dominate a special two-day final hearing scheduled by Cohen later this month.

How serious is it? John Werring, of the David Suzuki Foundation, says someone should go to jail for the cover-up.