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17:30 - 19:15 25 March 2013

"I'm Starting a War with Spain Tomorrow": Inside Canada's Fisheries Crisis of 1995


Seminar Room 103, First floor | (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PN |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge but registration required
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Sir Nicholas Bayne KCMG, Former British High Commissioner to Canada

In the 1990s, Canada became very concerned at the shrinking fish stocks on the Grand Banks. When Spanish fishermen would not observe conservation measures, Canada arrested a trawler in international waters. Spain reacted angrily and further conflict threatened. But shifts within the Canadian government and the European Union allowed diplomacy to prevail. A peaceful solution was agreed in the nick of time and the Turbot War did not take place. Nicholas Bayne's was British High Commissioner to Canada during this period and his talk gives the inside story of what happened.

A small reception will start at 17:30, with the presentation at 18:00.


Oscar Martinez
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