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CANADIAN PRESS:VANCOUVER – An environmental group has applied to the Cohen Commission to reopen the inquiry examining the 2009 collapse of Fraser River sockeye salmon stocks.

The Aquaculture Coalition, which includes biologist Alexandra Morton, wants the commission to consider evidence of the discovery of piscine reovirus in farmed salmon bought earlier this year at B.C. supermarkets.

The virus has been linked to heart and skeletal muscle inflammation, another illness that can weaken the hearts of salmon.

The Aquaculture Coalition wants to probe any connection between the virus and high death rates of salmon as they try to reach spawning grounds on the upper reaches of the Fraser River.

Request for a reopening of the inquiry comes just weeks after the deadline for a final report was extended until Sept. 30.

The three month extension allows Commissioner Bruce Cohen more time to mull evidence from 160 witnesses, 14,000 pages of transcripts and 2,100 exhibits gathered at hearings that began in June, 2010 and ended last December.

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