September is Salmon Month in Vancouver!

WILD salmon that is. Fifty creeks and streams, teeming with wild coho and chum salmon, used to crisscross Vancouver as late as the turn of the last century. As the city grew and developed, those creeks and streams disappeared. So did the salmon.
The False Creek Watershed Sociey hosts the annual Salmon Celebration to honour the spirit of the salmon that used to spawn False Creek’s streams. History and crafts workshops and educational walking tours will be held throughout the month. The main event, including a parade, will be:
Date: Sunday September 28, 2008
Time: Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Place: Vanier Park, next to the Vancouver Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver, BC)
Depletion of B.C.’s wild salmon stock is a growing concern today. “Salmon runs across the province act as a barometer on how well, or poorly, the environment is holding up,” according to Terry Point, project manager of the Musqueam Ecosystem Conservation Society. “Salmon is a keystone species. A lot of other species depend on it.”
Various factors have contributed and compounded the problem: over fishing, poaching, an increase in ocean and river temperatures causing migratory stress, polluted waters, reduced watershed stability due to pine beetle infestations, mismanaged salmon fishery, sea lice, diesel oil spills and leaks.
The Salmon Celebration may also serve to honour — and save — the wild salmon species running through our rivers today.

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