562.8F2/47: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary of State

300. From Johnson. American delegates met this morning with officials of the Ministry of Fisheries for preliminary discussion and received confirmation of British proposals as outlined in the Embassy’s 277, May 11, 5 p.m.

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Instructions requested by Tuesday morning if possible on the following points.

Under Whaling Treaty Act6 and joint regulations is it possible to increase the minimum length established for immature blue whales to 75 feet;
May the number of killer boats accompanying each factory be restricted to a definite number;
May the daily catch be restricted to the number of whales that can be converted into commercial products within 24 hours?

Foreign Office has just advised that the Irish Free State will be represented at the Conference and that the Portuguese Government will send an observer. [Johnson.]

  1. Approved May 1, 1936; 49 Stat. 1246.