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260 Department of External Affairs to Embassy in Washington

Cablegram 1677 CANBERRA, 29 November 1946

Your FEC 288 [1] and 303. [2] 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 [3] 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

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. [4]

1 Dispatched 9 November. It advised that the F.E.C. was likely to
review the U.S. Govt's paper FEC.035 (see Document 78, note 1)
thereby providing an opportunity to secure F.E.C. policy decisions
on whaling.

2 Dispatched 26 November, it advised that the F.E.C. would
consider FEC.035 on 3 December.

3 A SCAP instruction to the Japanese Govt, issued 22 June,
limiting Japanese maritime operations to defined areas adjacent to
the main islands, but extending east and south as far as the 165th
Meridian East and the 24th Parallel North.

4 Paper FEC.035/1 stating the Australian position was tabled in
the Commission on 13 December.

[AA:A1067, ER46/13/19/2]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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