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Key 2015 Accomplishments for Dolphins and Whales
| David Phillips, International Marine Mammal Project

A look back on the International Marine Mammal Project's Key 2015 Accomplishments for Dolphins and Whales, including the Dolphin Safe label, Fukushima Dolphins Kids Camp and more! Read More >


Eyeball to Eyeball with a Dolphin
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Mark Palmer recalls a recent trip spent swimming with wild dolphins in the crystalline waters of Bimini. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins

Japan’s Illegal Whaling Denounced by North Korea
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Something is definitely wrong when your government is called out by one of the most severe dictatorships in the world. But that has now happened for the government of Japan, criticized soundly by North Korea for its illegal whaling activities. Read More >


WTO Rules Against Dolphins, But Mexican Dolphin-Deadly Tuna May Still Find No Markets
| David Phillips, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

World Trade Organization rules against the dolphin safe tuna label, but Mexican dolphin-deadly tuna is unlikely to make it to US supermarket shelves because retailers, companies and consumers do not want to buy tuna caught at the expense of dolphin lives. Read More >


BREAKING NEWS Georgia Aquarium Will Not Appeal Beluga Case
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Georgia Aquarium announced on November 17th that they will not appeal the case of the import of 18 beluga whales from Russia. This puts an end to their efforts to seek an import permit. Our coalition, which includes Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project, Animal Welfare Institute, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, and Cetacean Society International, had intervened in the case as defendants in support of NMFS, which denied Georgia Aquarium’s import permit application. Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

SeaWorld “Phase-Out” of Orca Shows is All Spin
| Laura Bridgeman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

“SeaWorld fully intends to continue forced breeding of orcas in captivity,” says David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) of Earth Island Institute. “They will continue to keep orcas in concrete tanks with no intention of retirement or release. They intend to continue to import and export orcas to other captive facilities.” Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

Protecting Solomons Islands Dolphins Through Eco-Tourism
| Lawrence Makili, Pacific Island Director, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

EII Pacific Island Director Lawrence Makili reports on new efforts to support dolphin eco-tourism in the Solomon Islands. This is an exciting joint effort with the villagers, some funding from the government, and expertise and involvement from Earth Island Institute. Read More >


Scientists Call for California Commission to End Captive Orca Breeding
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

A group of scientists has come together to propose that the Commission add a condition to the permit approval in which SeaWorld would no longer breed orcas in captivity in San Diego. The condition would further restrict SeaWorld from bringing in or removing any captive orcas from their San Diego facility, with exceptions for retirement of captive orcas to a sea pen and for bringing in stranded and sick individuals for rehabilitation and return to the ocean. Read More >


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