Adams River Salmon Society Success continues- 2011

In 2011– There was a good turnout for the Adams River Salmon Society’s AGM, which was held on April 17th, 2011, at the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Hall. Everyone appreciated the informative talk by famed marine scientist Alexandra Morton about her campaign to end fish farming and the new information regarding salmon diseases presented to the Cohen Commission. Later during the meeting, the group agreed to provide Morton with a $500 honourarium to help with her projects.

After the election of directors, which resulted Alan Bailey and Rosemary Gillis added as new directors and Sonja Vernon-Wood and Blair Acton re-elected; there was a presentation by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans representative, Jeremy Heighton. He spoke in glowing terms about the 2010 Salute to the Sockeye, which attracted 58 media representatives from around the world and 230,000 visitors, double the previous record. Heighton called last year’s event, “The best run Salute ever!”

BC Parks rep Adrian Wynnyk congratulated everyone involved, including the volunteers, the community, the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band and Dees Traffic Control.

A major change was made to the Society structure at the AGM, as the group voted unanimously to change the membership fee structure from bi-yearly to lifetime. The fee is now $25 for a lifetime membership, which will simplify the membership record keeping.

After the presentations and the business portion of the AGM, Clive Bryson and Jim Cooperman treated participants to vivid slide shows of their spectacular images from the record-breaking 2010 sockeye salmon run.

The society executives for 2011 were chosen at this year’s first Salmon Society Board meeting, President – Darlene McBain, Vice-President – Jim Cooperman, Secretary – Sandra Spicer, Membership Secretary – Blair Acton, and Treasurer – Rosemary Gillis.

Also new for the Adams River Salmon Society is their re-vamped website, salmonsociety.com. In addition Society volunteers once again worked hard this spring to plant an additional 500 trees in an restoration effort aimed to convert the old field across from the cement plants back to forest.

The focus of the Salmon Society will now be to develop a funding program to promote and support opportunities for education, interpretation and conservation of the cultural and natural values of Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park and to foster appreciation and improved knowledge of the sockeye salmon run. The Society is also working to develop an interpretive program for local students and nature enthusiasts that could take advantage of the Society’s cabin in the park.