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NEGOTIATIONS ON PACIFIC SALMON HARVEST LIMITS END WITHOUT AGREEMENT

 OTTAWA, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada and the United States have ended negotiations on Pacifc salmon harvesting arrangements for 1993 without reaching an agreement, John C. Crosbie, minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today.
 "I am deeply disappointed that the Americans would not reconcile their conflicting domestic interests in order to put forward compromises necessary to reach agreement with Canada," the minister said. "We were prepared to agree on a salmon fishing plan for the 1993 season but neither Alaskan nor Washington State interests would contribute to a compromise package. Those interests continued to seek maximum individual benefits from Canada and would not adjust their demands."
 Crosbie said Canada has made every effort to move the negotiations forward since they began last October. "There were meetings at the senior, technical and regional levels. When those efforts failed I went to Washington, D.C., in May in a final attempt to break the impasse. The U.S. suggested that the impasse could not be broken, but I insisted that negotiations be given one last try."
 Canadian and U.S. negotiators met again earlier this month, but did not reach an agreement. Both countries will now develop their management plans unilaterally. "Canada is developing a salmon fishing plan that will aim at protecting Canadian interests. We will provide for conservation while trying to minimize the disruption to Canadian user groups."
 During the negotiations Canada had several objectives, Crosbie said.
 -- Canada wanted to maintain stable fishing arrangements in 1993 that would be consistent with the arrangements in previous years;
 -- Canada wanted the United States to compensate Canada for extra fish catches that the United States took in 1992 in excess of internationally set limits; and
 -- Canada wanted arrangements for 1993 to be fully consistent with the Pacific Salmon Treaty, under which each country is entitled to harvest the equivalent of its own fish production.
 Crosbie said that Canada had offered to adjust its fisheries with the effect of reducing catches of coho and chinook salmon to improve the conservation of U.S.-origin stocks. No agreement was reached on this offer because the Americans would not agree on matching restraints on U.S. catches of Canadian Fraser River sockeye.
 "Canada was willing to disrupt Canadian fisheries to assist in the conservation of U.S.-origin fish. But the U.S. continued to propose, in contradiction to the principles to the Pacific Salmon Treaty, an increase to its catches of Canadian-origin sockeye.
 "As a result, the opportunity was lost for adopting a package of measures that would have reduced the catches of U.S.-origin coho," Crosbie said.
 The Pacific Salmon Treaty, signed in 1985, provides for the establishment of limits on the harvesting of salmon by Canada and the United States in fisheries, where one country's fishermen are primarily harvesting fish that originate in the other country's rivers. The treaty is designed to promote conservation and management of shared salmon stocks and to allow each country to derive benefits from Pacific salmon stocks equivalent to its production.
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 /CONTACT: Dianne Clarke, press secretary of the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, 613-992-3474/


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