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U.S. Congress, Senate, Cerneittee in commer
A BILL TO ASSURE CONSERVATION OF AND TO PERMIT
ALASKA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
JANUARY 20, 1944
Printed for the use of the Committee on Commerce
WASHINGTON : 1944
COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE
JOSIAH W. BAILEY, North Carolina, Chairman HATTIE W. CARAWAY, Arkansas
CHARLES L. McNARY, Oregon BENNETT CHAMP CLARK, Missouri
HIRAM W.JOHNSON, California JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana
ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan THEODORE G. BILBO, Mississippi
RALPH BREWSTER, Maine FRANCIS MALONEY, Connecticut
HAROLD H. BURTON, Ohio . GEORGE L. RADCLIFFE, Maryland
ALEXANDER WILEY, Wisconsin CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida
EDWARD V. ROBERTSON, Wyoming
A. HAND JAMES, Clerk
THEODORE G. BILBO, Mississippi, Chairman JAMES M. MEAD, New York
HAROLD H. BURTON, Ohio MON C. WALLGREN, Washington
EDWARD V. ROBERTSON, Wyoming
Nick Bez, cannery operator, Seattle, Wash -
Fisheries, Seattle, Wash.-
Dr. Ira N. Gabrielson, Director of Fish and Wildlife Service, Wash-
ington, D. C..
vision; Office, Chief of Engineers, Washington, D. C.
Bjorne Halling, secretary, Congress of Industrial Organizations Mari-
time Commission, Washington, D. C.----
ALASKA FISHERY ACT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1944
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met at 2:30 p. m., pursuant to call, in the Commerce Committee hearing room, the Capitol, Senator Theodore G. Bilbo, chairman of the subcommittee, presiding.
Present: Senators Bilbo (presiding), Wallgren, Burton, and Robert
Present also: Anthony J. Dimond, Delegate for Alaska, House of Representatives.
Senator Bilbo (presiding). The committee will come to order.
This is a meeting of the subcommittee to consider Senate bill 930, a bill to assure conservation of and to permit the fullest utilization of the fisheries of Alaska, and for other purposes. The bill will be made a part of the record.
(The bill, S. 930, is as follows:)
(S. 930, 78th Cong., 1st sess.] A Bill To assure conservation of and to permit the fullest utilization of the fisheries of Alaska, and for other
purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act shall be known by the short title of the Alaska Fishery Act.
POLICIES AND PURPOSES Sec. 2. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that for the necessary protection and preservation of the fisheries of Alaska the jurisdiction of the United States extends, subject to all valid treaties, to all of the waters adjacent to the coast of Alaska, east of the international boundary in the Bering Sea between the United States and the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, as defined in the treaty between Russia and the United States, concluded at Washington on March 30, 1867 (15 Stat. 539), whereby Alaska was ceded to the United States. This Act shall be applicable throughout all of such waters as are waters of Alaska or are less than two hundred fathoms in depth or which shall be declared by the President to be fishing waters. It is further declared to be the policy of the United States that to permit the fullest utilization of the fisheries of Alaska consistent with the maintenance of the continuity of such fisheries from year to year and the reasonable development thereof, subject only to the provisions of this Act, all fisheries in the waters of or adjacent to the Territory of Alaska, not included in the coastal waters of the Annette Island Fishery Reserve, shall be open to all citizens of the United States free of all exclusive or several rights under any claim of occupancy, aboriginal or otherwise. To these ends it is the purpose of this Act to assure conservation of the fisheries of Alaska and to permit the fullest utilization of such fisheries, to authorize such regulations as are essential to such conservation and utilization and to provide for the reasonable development of such fisheries..