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PAPERS Relating to the protest against the Paris Award Regulations affecting the Seal Fisheries on the… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1897

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 61 Vict.
Re Seal Fisheries.
1281
FAPEES
Relating to the protest against the  Paris  Award  Regulations   affecting  the
Fisheries on the eastern side of the North Pacific Ocean.
Seal
Provincial Secretary's Office,
July, 1897.
By Command.
JAMES BAKER,
Provincial Secretary.
Ottawa, 28th June, 1897.
Sir,—Adverting to your despatch, No. 55, of the 14th May, 1897, and its enclosures
containing a protest against the Paris award regulations, affecting the seal fisheries on the
eastern side of the North Pacific Ocean, I have the honour to state that His Excellency the
Governor-General has been advised to transmit a certified copy of the Minute of the Privy
Council, herewith enclosed, to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, for the consideration of
Her Majesty's Government, in connection with the revision of the Paris regulations, when the
term of five years stipulated in the award shall have expired.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
Joseph Pope,
Under-Secretary of State.
His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor
of British Columbia,
Victoria, B. G.
Extract from a Report of the Committee of the Honourable the Privy Council, approved by His
Excellency on the 19th June, 1897.
The Committee of the Privy Council have had under consideration a despatch, hereto
attached, dated 14th May, 1897, from the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, transmitting copy of an approved Minute of the Executive Council, forwarding a protest against
the Paris award regulations affecting the seal fisheries of the eastern side of the North Pacific
Ocean, and suggesting certain changes for consideration at the revision thereof, when the time
set by the arbitrators has expired.
The Minister of Marine and Fisheries, to whom the matter was referred, observes that
these suggestions are :—
1. The reduction of the protective zone from 60 to 30 miles.
2. Permission of pelagic sealing in the North Pacific Ocean until 30th June, instead of
1st of May, as at present.
3. The protection of vessels on the high seas from unnecessary boarding and search, and
consequent loss and delay.
4. The appointment of two Canadians, experienced in the habits of the fur seal, and
familiar with the sealing industry, to investigate and report in conjunction with the British
Commissioners.
5. The investment of naval officers patrolling for both nations, with power to hold a Court
of Enquiry at Ounalaska, or some other convenient and safe place nearest the point of seizure,
for alleged infraction of regulations, so that where the evidence is such as not to warrant a 1282 Re Seal Fisheries. 1897
vessel being ordered to her home port, she may be permitted to return to the Behring Sea and
complete the season.
The Minister further observes that the Minute of the Executive Council under review,
contains a resolution urging that the views therein expressed should be laid before the Imperial
Government for consideration.
The Committee, on the recommendation of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, advise
that Your Excellency be pleased to forward a certified copy of this Minute, together with its
appendix, to the Right Honourable Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies,
for the consideration of Her Majesty's Government, in connection with the revision of the
Paris regulations, when the term of five years stipulated in the award shall have expired.
The Committee further advise that a certified copy of this Minute be forwarded through
the Secretary of State for Canada to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
All of which is respectfully submitted for Your Excellency's approval.
John J. McGee,
Clerk of the Privy Council.
victoria, b. c.
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1897.

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