The Secretary of State to the British Chargé ( Chilton )

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 872 of October 9, 1923, stating with reference to the Convention [Page 480] signed by the United States and Great Britain on March 2, 1923, for the preservation of the halibut fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean, that the Canadian Government will be glad to issue on October fifteenth simultaneously with this Government a statement that there will be no close season for the Pacific halibut fishery during the winter of 1923–1924.

I would suggest that the reference to the notes which have been exchanged in regard to the establishment of the close season during the year 1923–1924 be omitted from the public statement which it is proposed to make and that the statement be modified to read as follows:

Northern Pacific Halibut Convention

“As no binding agreement has been reached concerning the closed season provided for by the above-named Convention which is now approaching, notice is hereby given to those engaged in the halibut fishing industry both in Canada and in the United States, that there will be no closed time for halibut during the winter season of 1923–1924.”

Steps will be taken to make the statement public in the United States on October eighteenth8 and to cause it to be communicated to those who are engaged in the halibut fishing industry.

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
William Phillips

Under Secretary
  1. The statement was given to the press on Oct. 18.