North Atlantic Coast Fisheries

Date of Award: 7 September 1910

Emblem of the Permanent Court of ArbitrationPursuant to Article I of a convention entered into on 20 October 1818, Great Britain and the United States agreed that inhabitants of the United States would forever have the same rights as British subjects to engage in all types of fishing on a specified part of the British coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition, American fishermen were forever entitled, subject to certain conditions, to dry and cure fish in all bays, harbours and creeks of this same coastline. Pursuant to the same article, the United States renounced forever any rights exercised or claimed by its inhabitants up to that time, to take, dry or cure fish, within three nautical miles of the coast, bay, harbours or creeks of the British dominions in America, except for those described above. A number of disputes arose between the two governments concerning the interpretation of this article. In 1909, they agreed to submit the dispute to arbitration.

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Award of the Tribunal

North Atlantic Coast: Syllabus
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