November 27 1978


November 27 1978


Problem on the half shell

Lobster fanciers take note: there's an impending crisis in the crustacean industry. Canada's East Coast lobster fishery, which in the '50s produced boun

tiful annual catches of between 43 and 52 million pounds, has dropped to top hauls of 39 million pounds in the ’70s. In Maine, which supplies 65 per cent of the

U.S. lobster market, landings have fallen from a top of 24 million pounds in 1960 to a predicted catch of only 17.5 million pounds this year.

And it’s going to get worse.

According to Canadian experts, overfishing—too many fishermen trapping too many immature lobsters—is to blame for the dearth of clawed creatures. Americans believe as well that declining water temperatures are a cause of low hauls. Although the American federal fisheries’ authorities are talking about legislating the size and quota of lobster catches, Can-

adian experts think that the problem can be solved simply by educating the fishermen.

Gas attack

¶~ he year is 1985. The United States has a new presi U dent and, more importantly, a critical shortage of natural gas. What will the Yanks do? Only Canadian

author Richard Rohmer (Ultimatum, Separation, Exxoneration) knows for sure, since the scenario is the basis for his upcoming novel Great Balls of Gas. That’s Balls for short. The book, which should be written by Christmas, takes place mainly in the United States.

Naturally, however, Canada plays a critical role when put under pressure to sell its surpluses of natural gas. Fiction aside, Rohmer believes that in the next 10 years Canada will have to consider seriously a common market concept—no trade barriers at all—when dealing with the U.S.

© ver the years, the Japa nese have spent time and money importing such

occidental sports as baseball, hockey, bowling and archery. Soon, curling, the quintessential Prairie winter game, may be added to the list. On a g recent visit to Edmonton to □ discuss sports, cultural and 5 agricultural exchanges, NaoS hiro Dogakinai, governor of the northern island of Hokkaido, tried his hand on a few rocks during a tour of a local curling rink. He was swept off his feet and promised to spread the word about kilts

and tam-o’-shanters to his sports-minded brethren back home.

Arms wrestle

n spite of reports that India's Prime Minister MoU rarji Desai has been trying to balance the pro-Soviet

policy tilt since he came to power 20 months ago, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In the spring of 1979, India will begin taking delivery of some 70 T-72 tanks, marking the first Soviet sale of this tank to any country outside the Warsaw Pact nations. Although India’s foreign policy is one of nonalignment, the tanks are looked upon as a necessary addition to its arsenal.