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

Publication date: Mar 13, 2013 2:54:57 PM

Start: Mar 25, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 25, 2013 7:15:00 PM

Location: UCL - Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, Seminar Room 103


UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) cordially invites all members of the public to attend this seminar, delivered by Sir Nicholas Bayne KCMG.

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. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.