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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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the greater numbers engaged, could result only in accelerating the
depletion and finally in practical extinction of the fishery. That this
would happen seems evident from the history of the fishery to date
and the information gathered by the International Fisheries Com-
  In addition to leaving the memorandum you should make a strong
oral plea that the British assist us in preventing a step which may
well lead to the failure of our halibut convention with Canada and
the ultimate extinction of the halibut fishery on the Pacific Coast.
  Memorandum by Mr. James C. H. Bonbright of the Division of
                   Western European Affairs
                               [WASHINGTON,] November 17,1936.
  In the absence of Mr. Hickerson I telephoned our Minister at Ot-
tawa on Saturday morning, November 14, and discussed with him the
halibut fishery-question referred to in TD's 36 memorandum of Novem-
ber 16. In order to save Mr. Bell the trouble of going up to see Mr.
Found in Ottawa, or vice versa, I suggested that the Canadians might
be willing to prepare a background memorandum to form the basis of
our joint representations to the British Government. This they did
and the text of their memorandum 37 was telephoned to me at 1: 15
P. M., November 14.
  A further meeting was held in Room 388 on Monday morning, No-
vember 16. Mr. Turner of FE38 attended in the absence of Mr.
Dooman. Mr. Hickerson was also absent, so the meeting consisted of
Messrs. Bell, Gardner, Keating, Turner and Bonbright. At that
meeting the Canadian memorandum was discussed and found accept-
able. It was therefore used as a basis for the Department's tele-
gram to London, No. 406 of November 16, 4 p. m. The only change
made in the Canadian memorandum was the elimination in paragraph
seven of the direct reference to Japanese fishermen. This change was
approved by the Canadian Government and presumably on the same
afternoon they telegraphed similar instructions to their High Com-
missioner in London.
  [In paragraph (1) of his telegram No. 552, November 20, 1936, 8
p.m., the Ambassador in the United Kingdom stated: "I presented
M Treaty Division.
37 Not printed.
s Division of Far Eastern Affairs.

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