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First Sea Sanctuary for Whales, Dolphins Considered
| BY JENNIFER VIEGAS, Discovery News

The first permanent sea sanctuary for whales and dolphins could be located in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to marine mammal experts who are also still considering other locations. Interest in establishing a sea sanctuary for former captive cetaceans is ramping up, with a workshop on the matter to be held in December at the Society for Marine Mammalogy biennial conference in San Francisco. Read More >

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RUSSIAN ORCA WHALE IMPORTS COULD BE NEXT
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

18 wild-caught beluga whales from the Sea of Okhotsk may be imported into the United States to be kept in small concrete tanks. Over the past two years, eleven orcas were caught in the wild in the Sea of Okhotsk. Seven are believed to have been exported to a Chinese aquarium, while three others are now at the Moscow aquarium, the first orcas ever put on display in Russia. Take action with us now. Read More >

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INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER CHRIS PALMER
| Laura Bridgeman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Earth Island Institute interviews Chris Palmer, one of the world's foremost wildlife documentary filmmakers about dolphins, whales, and wildlife protection around the world. Read More >


COURT BLOCKS SEAWORLD’S BID TO MOVE LEGAL CASES TO ORLANDO
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

US Judicial Panel rules against an effort by SeaWorld to combine lawsuits against it for false advertising and transfer the cases to Orlando, Florida where their corporate offices are located. Read More >

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BELUGA IMPORT LAWSUIT
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Earth Island Institute has intervened in the lawsuit to stop the inport of 18 wild beluga whales captured in Russia. The lawsuit is now in the hands of the judge. Read More >

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PROTECTING DOLPHINS IN THE SOLOMONS
| Lawrence Makili, Pacific Islands Director

International Marine Mammal Project’s Dolphin Safe program, to end the catching and killing of dolphins in Solomon Islands Read More >

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CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION SHOULD DENY SEAWORLD TANK PLAN
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Tens of thousands of comments are flooding in to the California Coastal Commission in advance of its hearing and consideration of a permit to allow SeaWorld to expand its concrete tanks. The plan is being attacked as being a distraction from the issue that it is cruel to hold orcas in captivity for performance and profit. Read More >

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STOP THE CALIFORNIA SEA LION CAPTIVITY PERMIT
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

In the captive marine mammal trade, there are a number of long-time members well known among activists. One such is Mr. Moby Solangi, a captive dolphin and sea lion broker based in Gulfport, Mississippi. Solangi is believed to have caught more than 200 dolphins for the US Navy and various aquariums around the world. Through the years, he leased dolphins and sea lions for shows in many parks. Read More >

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