|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Pacific Salmon
Washington, DC, January 12, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
The Special Representatives for the Pacific Salmon Stakeholders Process, William D. Ruckelshaus and David W. Strangway, have concluded that the Pacific salmon stakeholders process should not now be reconvened. In a joint report submitted today to President Clinton and Canadian Prime Minister Chretien, the Special Representatives recommend that the two sides attempt to agree on interim fishery arrangements for up to two years, and that they recommit to developing a practical framework for implementing Article III of the Pacific Salmon Treaty.
I want to commend the outstanding efforts of William Ruckelshaus and his Canadian counterpart, David Strangway, who have worked diligently and creatively on this issue. Mr. Ruckleshaus and Dr. Strangway will be presenting their results to the Pacific Salmon Commission and will give a full press briefing on the report.
The report represents the culmination of substantial consultations with U.S. and Canadian fishers and others involved with the Pacific salmon issue. The United States Government stands ready to work toward implementation of its recommendations.
The Pacific Salmon Treaty is intended to provide a framework for our two countries to conserve and manage Pacific salmon stocks. However, the Treaty is not functioning properly in large part because the parties disagree on the interpretation and implementation of its principles.
The United States Government had proposed the stakeholder talks as a means to arrive at pragmatic fisheries arrangements and to move beyond the entrenched positions that have characterized Pacific salmon talks in recent years. While disappointed that a basis was not found to restart the stakeholders process, we continue to view the process as an important resource in tackling the Pacific salmon issue and believe that the stakeholders have an important continuing role in implementation of the reportís recommendations. We are prepared, with the assistance of the stakeholders, the involved states and tribal representatives, to pursue discussions to develop short-term and long-term arrangements for Pacific salmon.
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