Hon. H. F. G. BRIDGES (Minister of Fisheries):
This item has already been mentioned in previous years. As a matter of fact, it is the only branch of the fisheries department which makes a profit of any kind, and it arises out of the pelagic sealing treaty between Canada and the United States. Under the agreement, in the wording of this appropriation, Canada receives twenty per cent of the fur seal skins taken annually at the Pribilof islands. In 1946 the total take was 64,523 skins, of which Canada's share was 12,905. Of this number, 3,230 have been sent to London and 9,675 to St. Louis for processing and dyeing. This appropriation provides for the expense of transportation to and from processing plants, for processing and dyeing, for customs duty and taxes, for auctioneer's fees, and miscellaneous items such as Canada's share of blubbering costs, packing barrels, et cetera. In 1946-47 the net revenue to the Department of Fisheries was $446,835.93. In addition to that, there was the revenue to the Department of National Revenue.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES