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Fishing Industry / USSR Ship Seizure #493058

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 11, 1977
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(Studio) United States issues warning to USSR that further violations of United States fishing limits may hurt relations Warning comes after 2 Soviet ships found in violation of United States fishing law by Coast Guard. 1st ship seized docks in Boston today.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Boston, Massachusetts) USSR trawler "Taras Shevchenko" is escorted by cutter "Decisive;" is 1st seizure since 200 mile limit came into effect. Representative Gerry Studds was co-sponsor of bill and is at port to watch. [STUDDS - says it's now been determined this is law.] Details with regard to legal action noted. Ship's captain is given rights under United States Constitution. Some fishermen concerned that pols. may influence legal action. [Fish and Lobster Association spokesperson Allan GUIMOND - says other ships have committed bigger violations and they'll press for answer; feels State Department has big say in it and that Coast Guard should be 1 to have say.] New England fishermen wait to see if President Carter really serious with regard to new law.
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy

(Studio) White House spokesperson Jody Powell says no confrontation sought, but fishing ind. must be protected. Anchor asks Washington, DC reporter why this ship seized instead of others.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) When Coast Guard recommended previous seizures, State Department overruled it; State, Justice and Commerce must agree on seizure. Reasons for State's action cited; at 1st violation, Secretary Vance in Moscow, President had said he'd be reasonable with regard to violations and latest violation, of "Taras Shevchenko," was serious 1.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Anchor asks if it means tougher policy in future.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Powell has said future cases to be looked at 1 by 1; recent action should show United States means business
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

Chancellor, John;
McCarthy, Lee;
Woodruff, Judy

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