If you live in BC, chances are, there’s a link between you and wild salmon. We’re connected to these amazing fish in ways we rarely consider. As UNINTERRUPTED brings the beauty and challenge of a salmon migration to the heart of the city – we hope you’re captivated and more than a little curious about how salmon affect you.
In our urban lives it’s easy to adopt the mindset that people and salmon are separate, but in the Pacific Northwest, salmon are everywhere – literally. As they migrate from freshwater to the ocean and back home again to spawn, salmon nourish water, land, animals and people. Given their vast footprint, you can find their nutrients in nearly every part of our environment - from the trees in your local park to the glass of wine you enjoyed with dinner.Continue Reading
Whales, birds and sea lions feed on salmon in the ocean; while bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife feast on migrating salmon in river estuaries. After the salmon spawn, their remains renew the rainforest and transfer rich nutrients to forests and shorelines.
Salmon tick all the boxes: ecological bedrock, food source, economic driver, spiritual symbol, and artistic inspiration.
Salmon have influenced human culture, nutrition, ecology, recreation, economies and politics – from ancient times onward. Salmon were an essential food supply for First Peoples for thousands of years. Their spiritual and cultural significance is embedded in today’s First Nations communities. As settlers arrived and BC grew, coastal and river communities were built around the salmon industry; tourism and recreational pursuits thrive upon them. No other Pacific species affects life in B.C. as deeply as salmon.
But wild salmon face growing threats at every stage. Their natural predators have always lurked in the water and onshore, but human interaction – through agriculture, urban sprawl, industrial development and climate change – has put many species of salmon at risk. Salmon are the anchor of our entire ecosystem. If these important fish are struggling, we’re all more vulnerable.
This summer, you can help to spread the word about wild salmon. Post our salmon shareables, tell your friends, and come swim with the sockeye under the Cambie Bridge.
If you’re inspired by the story of Pacific salmon, get involved! Throughout the Lower Mainland and across B.C. there is an impressive network of people who are supporting and protecting salmon – and we’ll be introducing them to you all summer long, right here at Uninterrupted.ca.
“Grocery stores” for salmon fight impact of urban & agricultural development
Salmon in the Stave River are getting a leg up from the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition and partner organizations, as together they put the ingredients for life back into this vital river habitat.Read Story
Salmon Exhibit Swims into Sooke on Vancouver Island
A curator with the Sooke Region Museum takes a deep dive into the region’s history to create a new exhibit, Seeking Salmon and finds out just how much salmon have influenced the course of human history in the region – and vice versa.Read Story
Ecologists reveal the mystery of the salmon-bear relationship
A groundbreaking study finds bears eat salmon-rich diets near Alberta border.Read Story
Small Red Salmon: Coquitlam looks to live up to its name once again
For more than one hundred years Coquitlam went without sockeye salmon in its rivers. Now they’re coming back by water and by land.Read Story
BC communities have long celebrated the return of the salmon to their rivers – now many are using their annual festivals as a way to call attention to the fact that fewer salmon return.Read Story