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THE FISHERIES OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA

Abstract

IT was provided by the Treaty of Washington, that, on payment by the United States of a compensatory sum (to be determined by a Commission) to the Dominion of Canada, the Fishing-grounds of British North America should be entirely thrown open to the fishermen of the Union; those of the United States coast, on the other hand, being opened to the fishermen of the Dominion only as far south as the 39th parallel of N. lat, which is almost exactly that of Washington. While the payment of the compensation since awarded by the Commission is being protested against by not a few influential politicians in the United States, the probable influence of the Fishery clauses on the future of the Dominion of Canada is being carefully considered in those parts of it which they especially affect; and we have before us a very able report on this subject by Mr. H. Y. Hind, M.A., a Member of the Legislature of Newfoundland, of which, as based on a careful scientific study of the physical and biological conditions involved in the questions at issue, we think that a summary will prove interesting to our readers.

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