260 Department of External Affairs to Embassy in Washington
Cablegram 1677 CANBERRA, 29 November 1946
Your FEC 288  and 303.  Fishing and Aquatic Industries.
We consider- (a) that any extension of Japanese fishing or whaling activities to areas beyond those laid down in SCAPIN 1033  should not be permitted without prior approval by F.E.C. who should consult with any established international bodies concerned with managing or agreeing on the utilisation or exploitation of marine resources;
(b) that agreement should be reached in the International Whaling Conference on the question of Japan's future participation in the whaling industry. Japan's re-entry into the whaling industry should be prohibited for the time being;
(c) that she should be specifically excluded from the pearl fishing industry outside the areas laid down in SCAPIN 1033 for the same period decided for her exclusion from the whaling industry.
2. Your paragraph 2(b). We feel that restriction of the size of ships might more properly be dealt with when policy on the shipbuilding industry generally is being considered.
3. Your paragraph 3. We agree that the question of making whaling facilities available as reparations would be better dealt with in a separate paper.
4. You should sponsor amendments designed to give effect to the policy set out in paragraph 1 of this message.