GINTA – When salmon are affected, we all are

Adams River sockeye. (B.C. Parks photo)

SHORTLY AFTER we moved to Kamloops in August of 2012 we were told of a not-to-miss event unfolding every fall in the Adams river: the annual salmon run, peaking every four years.

The 2010 run had been a successful one, ‘the river was red with fish’ one acquaintance said, and though the big runs happen every four years, the 2012 was expected to be a good one nonetheless.

Come October, we went to the then-named Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, now Tsútswecw. There was salmon alright. Not a river running red with it, but there was salmon to tell the tale.

And what a tale it is. Salmon truly ties the various ecosystems of this province like a ribbon, holding everything together functioning perfectly and ensuring the continuity of life, year after year.

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Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at


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