Salmon inquiry final report will be made public Wednesday in Ottawa

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VANCOUVER - A report into the 2009 collapse of the Fraser River sockeye run will be made public this week after a public inquiry took two years to study what happened.

Justice Bruce Cohen, of B.C.'s Supreme Court, handed his report to the federal government today and a spokeswoman for Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says the report will be made public and tabled in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The Fisheries Department had earlier refused to say whether or when the report would be made public.

The inquiry examined why millions of sockeye salmon vanished from one of British Columbia's most prized fisheries.

Cohen listened to 160 witnesses and went through thousands of documents and exhibits.

Fisheries advocates are predicting the report will come down hard on the way the Fisheries Department manages the resource.

Organizations: Fisheries Department, Supreme Court, House of Commons

Geographic location: Ottawa, VANCOUVER, Fraser River B.C. British Columbia

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