The remaining male and female salmon pair up to spawn. A single female salmon can lay as many as 8000 eggs in nests known as redds that they dig out with their tails. Once the eggs are fertilized, the female salmon will continue to guard them. But eventually both males and females die, and their exhausted bodies wash downstream.

Their multi-year journey is now at an end – but their impact continues within the ecosystem.

The carcasses of salmon will feed scavenging animals and enrich the soil of the rainforest. The nutrients of their decaying bodies will also feed stream organisms, which will in turn feed young salmon once they are hatched.

The cycle prepares to repeat itself - uninterrupted but under threat. Today fewer salmon survive to complete this ancient migration.

For every 2000 eggs laid, only one or two adult salmon will make the journey and return safely to the river.

That’s where you come in. Your journey here is complete but there’s more you can do to help the salmon complete theirs!

Connect with a streamkeeper group or an organization that supports wild salmon. There are lots of them – often connected to specific communities. Attend an event, sign up for a newsletter, or offer up a few hours to volunteer.

To show your support, you’re invited to have your name displayed with others in a visual projection before the nightly viewings of Uninterrupted. It’s the cinematic installation transforming Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge into a wild salmon-bearing river during the summer of 2017.

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