|Sent:||June 27, 2010 9:28:00 AM|
|To:||Alex Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
The Columbia River is now receiving near record daily numbers of sockeye salmon passing Bonneville Dam in Washington State!
Also people are cheering to see large numbers of sockeye returning to Spout Lake on western Vancouver Island. The fish are large and beautiful.
These two early returns suggest the North Pacific was full of good food for sockeye. These two runs were unaffected by last year’s crash.
The indicators for the Fraser River are good. Some portion of sockeye return a year earlier than the rest of their generation and they are called "jacks."
The Fraser River sockeye stocks are like a rope. They are many different runs that spawn in many different areas of the river and these runs are made of many generations. The generations are not all equal. There are dominant cycles and off-cycles. This is pulse of salmon life.
Fraser sockeye scientists are not able to predict returns anymore. While predictions remain true in Alaskan waters, something has changed in BC waters
There is a good chance BC will be blessed with an abundant sockeye return to the Fraser River system.
If we get this run back we can know there is hope and all the more reason to do everything we can to make sure BC and the world do not lose this generous fish.
I love this time of year, when hope rules and we wait to receive the power of the natural world to feed us, and our world. We are increasingly lucky to live in this part of the world where hope is still possible.
We are posting lots of news and updates at www.salmonaresacred.org
Also thank you for all your orders at alexandramorton.ca you are keeping me viable!
Dr. Alexandra Morton