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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

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under the Northern Pacific Halibut Act fish caught in this manner
could not be imported for sale in the United States.
  Mr. Dooman stated that he did not think there was any reason to
be apprehensive about the Japanese. He stated for one thing the
Russo-Japanese fishery treaty had recently been renewed and that
the Japanese were more interested in salmon and that there was no
market for halibut in Japan.
  Mr. Hickerson suggested that it might be advisable to have Mr.
Found of the Canadian Department of Fisheries come to Washington
or that possibly Mr. Bell might be interested in going to Ottawa and
conferring informally in regard to this matter so that there could be
an understanding and concerted action on the part of the two Govern-
ments. Mr. Bell thought that was a very good suggestion and stated
that he would be in Ottawa in the near future in connection with
other matters and that he would report back to the Department when
he had conferred with Mr. Found.
711.428/2028a: Telegram
  The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United
                      Kingdom (Bingham)
                         WASHINGTON, November 16, 1936-4 p. m.
  406. You are requested at the earliest possible moment to commu-
nicate with the Canadian High Commissioner and in company with
him leave the following memorandum with the appropriate British
authorities. The High Commissioner is receiving similar instruc-
tions today.
  "1. The International Fisheries Commission, now operating under
the Convention of 1930 between Canada and the United States for the
Preservation of the Halibut Fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean
and Bering Sea, have information that the S. S. Thorland is now
outfitting in Oslo in order to undertake shortly a voyage for the pur-
pose of halibut fishing and freezing operations off the coasts of British
Columbia and Alaska. This vessel, it is said, is under British registry
and previously operated as a 'Mother Ship' in halibut fishing in
Greenland waters.
  2. In view of the past history of the Northern Pacific halibut fishery,
and of the experience gained by the International Fisheries Commis-
sion, this report, if true, presents the possibility of a very serious situ-
ation arising. If fishing expeditions from other countries should
invade this area and operate without restriction it would become
practically impossible either to maintain the Treaty between Canada
and the United States or to preserve this halibut fishery from immedi-
ate serious depletion and ultimate commercial extinction.
  3. This halibut fishery began to assume importance in the early
nineties when reasonable transport facilities from the west coast to

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