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(Studio) 10-wk. halt to west coast tuna fishing, due to law with regard to killing of porpoises, seemed near end today, but then hit snag.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(San Diego, California) Background of problem noted; boats have been tied up in San Diego since mid.-Feb. Senator Alan Cranston and fishing and environmental representatives met last week to work out compromise and industry thought ships could go out this week [American Tunaboat Association spokesperson August FELANDO - says they wired Cranston they'd accept proposal and now hear that environmentalists won't agree; calls it breach of faith. Doesn't believe ships can go out. Situation is totally confusing.] Environmentalists say they never agreed to anything. In DC, Environmental Defense Fund attorney, Bill Butler, talks with reporter Lee Thornton. [BUTLER - says fishermen should fish under present regulations.] Fishermen vote to keep boats docked; economy impact of problem noted.
REPORTER: Harold Dow
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Dow, Harold
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