Halford Wilson Correspondence Re Fishing

Halford Wilson Correspondence Re Fishing


Title Proper PR0038 MS0012 BOX 1 FILE 09
Date(s) 1938
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This file contains interviews conducted by Halford Wilson and Harry J. DeGraves gathering the views of white fishermen on the industry. This file also contains correspondence from Fisheries Commissioner George S. Pearson. In one letter Pearson writes to R.L. Maitland on the herring fisheries. Pearson also writes a memo in which he assures other officials the 50% of saltery licences are reserved for whites and First Nations; this memo includes a list of licences issued which include Japanese Canadian companies such as M. Kashino, J. Kasho, G. Takahashi, T. Matsuyama, M. Tanaka, S. Yoshida, C. Nakamura, Asahina and Kojima, H. Tsuchiya. Also in the file is an editorial from the Fisherman’s Committee of the Langara Island Trollers Association in the “Prince Rupert Daily News” in which they complain about the reduction of herring populations due to over-fishing; and a response from BC Packers arguing that the Trollers Association has been “misinformed.”
Name of creator
Wilson, Halford David, 1904-1988 created this archive during his time as a Vancouver politician.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized in full.



Halford Wilson Correspondence Re Fishing
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