Millions of spawning Sockeye salmon - Adams river, British Columbia, Canada
Adams River is a river in British Columbia, Canada, which flows into Shuswap Lake. The Adams River is one of the most important sockeye salmon breeding areas in the world. The run occurs in mid-October and can bring millions of fish to a concentrated area near the river mouth.
The Adams River run occurs every year, but every fourth year, the numbers are much higher. 2010 is the latest dominant run. According to Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Fraser River sockeye run of 2010 is the largest since 1913, numbering an estimated 34 million fish. At least 9 million of these fish will have returned to the Adams River area to spawn.
Freshwater Ecoregion of the World : #103 Alaska & Canad Pacific Coastal
Major Habitat Type: temperate coastal rivers
Ecological phenomena: Many species in this ecoregion exhibit anadromy, including lampreys (Lampetra spp.), sturgeons (Acipenser spp.), smelts (Osmeridae) and Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.).
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