Nation: Fish Fuss

A falling out between friends

In tiny Haines, Alaska (pop. 1,366), some 200 Canadians were suddenly disqualified last week from the annual Salmon Derby. Exclaimed Contest Chairman David Olerud, owner of a sporting goods store: "My God, they're our neighbors!" In Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters, about 100 commercial fishing boats—60 or so American—withdrew in the direction of their home ports. Both countries then set their diplomats to thrashing out the issue that had divided them: the right to fish off each other's coast.

As border clashes go, it was remarkably civilized. The Canada-U.S. Fish War, as it was immediately dubbed, grew out...

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