Memorandum by the Office of Economic Affairs
There is attached a proposed statement of policy20 for the United States with respect to the extension of fisheries conservation to certain areas of the high seas.21 This statement consists of three parts: a brief preamble, which sets forth the considerations leading to the policy decision and which for some purposes might perhaps be considerably expanded; a proposal with respect to jurisdiction over fisheries, and a proposed statement of a policy of equality in the exercise of this jurisdiction.
Strictly speaking, the procedures by which such a policy, if adopted, might be put into effect, are not properly a part of the statement of policy. Nevertheless, so significant a departure from past practices under the law of nations cannot be wholly separated from the method by which it might be put into effect. There is therefore attached to [Page 1486] the statement of policy a brief statement with respect to possible procedures.21a
- This date is established by a marginal note indicating that the documents were received from ECA on September 23.↩
- Not printed.↩
- A similar statement of policy on the natural resources of the sea bed and subsoil of the Continental Shelf was also submitted on the same day by the Office of Economic Affairs (not printed).↩
- Annex 1. A statement of possible procedures for gaining international understanding with respect to jurisdiction over the natural resources of the sea bed and subsoil of the Continental Shelf is printed as annex 2.↩