An agreement between the United States and Canada means the two countries will not fish salmon this season in disputed boundary waters along the Alaskan panhandle, the State Department said.

Both the United States and Canada have claimed jurisdiction over the Dixon Entrance, which lies along the British Columbia-Alaska border. This agreement will halt commercial salmon fishing operations for the 1998 season but will not affect the dispute."The agreement is without prejudice to the legal claim of either party in the area," State Department spokesman James Rubin said Thursday.