On March 9, after two evenings of public hearings, the Vancouver Parks Commission decided: there will be no more cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium. By amending the park control regulations, the Vancouver Aquarium will no longer be able to import or expose live cetaceans. The Regulations will be amended for review by May 15, 2017.

To read the official documents

Park Board amending bylaw to prohibit cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, 10/03/2017)

Cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium – Referral Report Back (Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, 03/03/2017)

New Commitments to Beluga Conservation Research (Vancouver Aquarium, 20/02/2017)

Canada’s Only Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Impacted by Park Board Decision (Vancouver Aquarium, 10/03/2017)

Sources

Vancouver Park Board votes to end display of cetaceans at aquarium (CBC, 09/03/2017)

Vancouver vote to ban captivity of whales, other marine mammals ‘troubling’: aquarium association (The Globe and Mail, 10/03/2017)

News - 13/3/2017

Marie-Ève Muller

Marie-Ève Muller is responsible for GREMM's communications and spokeperson for the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergencies Response Network (QMMERN). As Editor-in-Chief for Whales Online, she devours research and has an insatiable thirst for the stories of scientists and observers. Drawing from her background in literature and journalism, Marie-Ève strives to put the fragile reality of cetaceans into words and images.

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