Dan Lewis turned from kayak guiding to conservation activism in self defence — the lands he visited were being destroyed by clearcut logging. He has been active in the Clayoquot Sound movement for 25 years, and was one of the principal organizers of the Clayoquot mass protests in the summer of 1993.
While B.C. salmon runs are greatly diminished from historic levels, what is left is world-class and definitely worth fighting for. Wild salmon face a multitude of challenges, but aquaculture is one which is entirely within our ability to regulate.
Twenty years ago when someone said "Clayoquot," protests against clearcutting of old growth forests came to mind. At that time nobody thought anybody was crazy enough to propose an open-pit copper mine in the heart of Clayoquot Sound.