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To learn more about the Adams River, Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown) and the world famous Adams River Salmon Run you can visit one or more of the many websites listed below or view or download the documents listed below.

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Adams River Salmon Run

Fraser River sockeye – things are not looking good this year.

Since the mid-1990s, Fraser River sockeye have returned to a historical cycle in which there is one large run every four years. In 2010, 28 million Fraser River sockeye returned, followed by 19 million in 2014. If the pattern holds, next year should be a relatively abundant year.

Last year’s Fraser River sockeye returns were the lowest in about a century: just 855,000.

The pre-season forecast for this year’s Fraser River sockeye returns was 4.4 million, and the early signs are that it could come in much lower than that.

“So far, things are tracking below expectations,” said Mike Lapointe, chief biologist for the Pacific Salmon Commission.

Fisheries managers have set escapement targets of 1.9 million. After that, they must allocate 1.1 million sockeye to First Nations for food, social and ceremonial purposes, and U.S. fishermen get an allocation of 300,000. The combined return of 3.3 million fish is the minimum necessary before fisheries managers can approve a commercial harvest.

This year is a pink salmon year for the Fraser River. The forecast for Fraser River pink returns is about 8.7 million.

The sockeye now returning to B.C. would have migrated to sea two years ago, when a region of warm water had developed in the north Pacific Ocean. It is speculated that the warmer water may have had an effect on the food web, reducing ocean survival rates.

2017 Spawning escapement  For more information go to the DFO website at:
2017 Fraser Sockeye Estimation Reporting

Quoted from the reports linked below: “Fraser Sockeye Returns Total Fraser Sockeye adult returns have historically varied (Figure 1A) due to the four-year cyclic pattern of abundances exhibited by some of the larger stocks, and variability in annual survival (Figures 1B & 2) and fisheries. After reaching a peak in the early 1990s, returns subsequently decreased and were particularly low in 2009 (Figure 1A). From 2010 to 2014, returns improved over their brood years. The 2010 and 2014 returns were particularly large since these are years of the dominant Late Shuswap (Adams run) cycle. However, in 2015 and 2016, returns again declined. Preliminary returns in 2016 (~850,000) were the lowest on record (dating back to 1893). The2017 cycle-line (which includes the current forecast year) has the second largest average return of the four cycles of Fraser Sockeye, which has an average annual return (1953-2013) of 8.4 million for all 19 forecasted stocks combined (excluding miscellaneous stocks) (Table 1B, column G; Figure 1A). The largest cycle line is the 2014 dominant Late Shuswap cycle line. For the 2017 cycle, Quesnel has historically (until 2009) contributed the greatest proportion (44 %) to the total return (Table 1B, column G), followed by Late Stuart (19%), Chilko (11%), Early Stuart (9 %), then Birkenhead (4%) and Weaver (3%). All other stocks have historically contributed less than 3% to the total return abundance.”

Recap of 2016 BC salmon fisheries
Pre-season run size forecasts for Fraser River Sockeye and Pink Salmon in 2017

DFO salmon escapement data since 1938:  Adams River Escapements

A Story of the Fraser River Great Sockeye Runs and their Loss (written in 1918) by D.S. Mitchell.

An “E-zine” photo essay about the 2010 Salmon run by Gregory O’Brien, Indian & Northern Affairs Canada, BC Region:
Journey of the Sacred Salmon

Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown)

May 2018 marks the name change from Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park to Tsútswecw Provincial Park.

The province has renamed Roderick Haig-Brown Park to the traditional Secwepemc name Tsútswecw Park, which translates to “many tributaries”.

It comes at the request of the Little Shuswap Indian Band.

Kamloops This Week article on name change

Roderick Haig Brown Park was initially to Honour a Conservationist:

Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is named after the great British Columbian writer, conservationist and fly-fisher. Haig-Brown served as a member of the International Pacific Salmon Commission and on the boards of many conservation organizations, including the Nature Trust of B.C.

Within these organizations Haig-Brown worked for the protection of wild fish stocks and the rivers they inhabit, especially the Adams River.  As a result of his work and the contributions of many others, this park was created, and its world-famous run of sockeye salmon preserved.

To learn more about the park:  Roderick Haig-Brown Park

Roderick Haig-Brown:

Roderick Haig-Brown was born in Sussex, England. He moved to British Columbia (Campbell River) in the 1930’s. He was a pioneering conservationist, writer of some 25 books, magistrate and fly fisher whose collections of essays and broadcasts concerning, in part, fly fishing and the natural world made him a strong voice of conscience in British Columbia and internationally. In later life, he was Chancellor of the University of Victoria and advisor to many national and international conservation organizations and initiatives helping to shape the thinking of resource managers, conservationists and naturalists in British Columbia.

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The Haig-Brown Institute, a not for profit society, preserves the legacy of Roderick and Ann Elmore Haig-Brown. It also promotes watershed conservation and the links between ecology and economy through literature and conservation. The Institute supports a writer-in-residence program and local restoration and enhancement projects in Campbell River. It was instrumental in promoting the very successful Haig-Brown Kid’s Camp and an annual Haig-Brown Festival also in Campbell River.

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Haig-Brown Institute

2010 Salute Festival Speech by Mary Haig-Brown about her father’s role in the creation of the park:  Mary Haig-Brown talk

BC Parks Website:  Park Website 

Read more about their work: The Nature Trust of British Columbia

Adams River

Read this excellent overview essay about the river and the salmon run:


A 67 page report about the Adams River prepared by Cal-Eco consultants for the Ministry of Environment in 2006:

Background Study– Full Version
Adams River, British Columbia
Proposed National Heritage River Nomination

Adams Lake Indian History – 1989 article
from Vol. II of the Shuswap Chronicles, published in 1989

Salmon-Safe British Columbia

Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF)  and Fraser Basin Council joined forces in 2010 to launch Salmon-Safe BC with pioneering growers. To date, 32 farms and vineyards across British Columbia have achieved Salmon-Safe certification.

A current map of Certified Farms and Vineyards in BC is available on the above site

Canadian Wildlife Federation

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. Learn more at: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Ocean Wise

Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. Learn more at: Oceanwise