April 8, 1957 (22nd Parliament, 5th Session)

PC

John Angus MacLean

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacLean:

I think this is an appropriate clause on which my observation may be made. I would like to know what information is made available by the countries concerned as to the number of fur seals taken in the north Pacific. In the most recent copy of the U.S.S.R. Illustrated News, which hon. members received today or yesterday, there is an article about the fur seal fishery in the north Pacific, and it is said among other things that thousands of valuable seal skins are shipped annually from the seal islands by 20 young trappers headed by two Russians with unpronounceable names. I am just wondering what pooling of information there is between the countries concerned. In other words, do we know the number of seals which the Russians take each year?

Topic:   NORTH PACIFIC FUR SEALS
Subtopic:   IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERIM CONVENTION ON CONSERVATION
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