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Return of the salmon

A Shuswap environmental group is urging local governments and people to proclaim October as 'Month of the Returning Salmon'.

“We believe that this extra attention will help remind us humans that our salmon populations are in dire need of help,” said a press release issued by the Adams River Salmon Society. “We urge you to help focus area attention on the fragile state of area salmon populations.”

The Adams River has one of the largest Sockeye salmon runs in North America. During dominant years, millions of the fish return to the Shuswap, particularly in early October.

“We need to share the financial impacts to our areas through tourism dollars and the community celebration that salmon seem to engender, bringing together and experiencing other cultures, learning about traditional fishing, the Heritage of the Salmon and the human connection,” said the release.

The public is invited to take part in two Return of the Salmon celebrations, including:

  • The Adams River Salmon Society Gala fundraiser event on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at the Quaaout Lodge. The evening will be a traditional Shuswap - Secwepemc food and cultural experience, with Secwepemc storyteller Kenthen Thomas on the wild Pacific salmon-Adams River salmon story, silent auction, salmon safe ales and wines and much more fun. Funds raised will go towards supporting B.C.'s wild salmon stocks.    
  • Wild Salmon Caravan route and the community activities as we follow the returning salmon to their spawning grounds. Information can be found online.

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