711.008 North Pacific/171: Telegram

Mr. Leo D. Sturgeon of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs to the Secretary of State

Following is outline of brief statement prepared with Arnold for possible release to press representatives at Seattle.

Visit to Bristol Bay undertaken in conjunction with Bureau of Fisheries as result of Department’s recognition of situation in salmon fishing industry requiring closest study and attention of all Government [Page 754] agencies concerned. Principal objects to assemble facts of situation and obtain full expression of views in interested quarters regarding protective and conservation measures thought necessary. Acknowledge cooperation extended to me by fishing interests and valuable assistance of Arnold. State not in position to comment [upon?] data assembled on steps that may be taken to meet fishery situation, but express belief that genuine and comprehensive efforts will be made to solve problem of conserving fishery resources. Suggest value of continued cooperation of fishing interests in support of Government efforts to aid industry.

Arnold and I believe that a statement along these lines would discourage conjecture and speculation and possibly add to industry’s confidence in present handling of fishery matter. I arrive at Seattle on S. S. McKinley at about 3 p.m., Pacific standard time August 2d and respectfully request Department’s instructions be telegraphed directly to vessel.60

  1. The Department on August 2 telegraphed approval of the outlined statement to the press.