B.C. treaty group calls feds to take action on Cohen inquiry's recommendations

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VANCOUVER - The agency that oversees treaty talks in British Columbia wants the federal government to act on recommendations made by an inquiry into the 2009 collapse of the Fraser River sockeye salmon run.

The BC Treaty Commission says the federal government has said repeatedly there would be no mandate to negotiate fishery issues at the treaty table until the recommendations were released.

The commission says one year has passed since Justice Bruce Cohen made 75 recommendations aimed at protecting the stock.

Chief commissioner Sophie Pierre says the lack of a fish mandate is one of the greatest stumbling blocks for treaty negotiations.

The commission's website says 60 nations are participating in the process.

It says of those two have settled treaties, six are in talks to finalize treaties, and 44 are negotiating agreements in principle.

Another eight are in early stages of the process.

Organizations: BC Treaty Commission

Geographic location: VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Fraser River

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