There is still no sign of calm on the choppy waters encountered by the United States proposal to the International Laws of the Sea Conference at Geneva, and deadlock has been reached.
There is still no sign of calm on the choppy waters encountered by the United States proposal to the International Laws of the Sea Conference at Geneva, and deadlock has been reached. The proposal (for a six mile territorial limit) is an attempt to reconcile the rights of coastal States with the historic rights of fishing States. It fixes the breadth of the territorial sea at six miles, with an additional contiguous zone, also of six miles, in which the coastal State would have exclusive fishing fishing rights, provided that the established rights of others are safeguarded.
The United Kingdom delegates got no support for his proposal to limit the territorial waters to three miles, and 'diplomatic soundings' are now being taken, in the capitals of the world.
Members of the Fisheries Committee of the Parliamentary Labour Party sent a deputation yesterday to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, to speak of their disquiet at the trend of the conference.
An emergency meeting of the Grimsby Trawler Officers Guild- the powerful 'union' of skippers and mates in this country - has decided that if, as a result of a breakdown in the Geneva conference, any country imposes a uni-lateral fishing limit in excess of that at present operating, trawler skippers at Grimsby Hullsand Fleetwood - the three largest fishing ports in U.K. - will stop all sailings until the import of fish from the country concerned is banned or until an agreement acceptable to the skippers has been negotiated.