Adam’s River: The Mystery of the Adams River Sockeye

Mark Hume with photographs by Rick Blacklaws


The Adams River sockeye run is one of the natural wonders of the world. Every October the river turns red as hundreds of thousands of mature, scarlet-humped sockeye salmon return from the Pacific Ocean to spawn and die in the same gravel beds where they were hatched four years earlier.

Adams’ River tells the story of the salmon’s epic journey far out into the Pacific and back. Mark Hume brings together science and mythology in a fascinating story that reveals secrets of the Adams River sockeye that have only come to light in recent years. He explains the salmon’s vital role in the river’s ecosystem, and in the lives of the people who for thousands of years have lived along the river’s banks, and who have depended on the salmon for their livelihood.