Trial of an Iconic Species

Trial of an Iconic Species

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The mighty Fraser River sockeye run is in trouble. Beginning in the early 1990's, the sockeye salmon populations began to decline. Millions of fish were disappearing and fisheries scientists and managers were stumped. Was it climate change? Was it poaching on the high seas? Was it a fluke of nature? In a desperate effort to uncover the mystery, the Canadian Government struck the Cohen Commission and put the decline of the Fraser River sockeye on trial. Dozens of lawyers representing many stakeholders appeared before the Commissioner to present their theories, views, and scientific studies. Would this Commission find a smoking gun? For the first time in Canadian history, a federal inquiry's search for answers into one of its iconic species was recorded from beginning to end. This feature weaves the testimony of scientists and bereaucrats as they reveal what they know and what they have found. So far. 


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