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Report on Vancouver Aquarium captivity practices released today

July 23 2014

Park Board office at 2099 Beach Ave.

The Vancouver Park Board report on the practice of keeping captive whales, dolphins, and porpoises at the Vancouver Aquarium was released today in preparation for a Special Meeting of the Board on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Comprehensive overview

The review of the Vancouver Aquarium was requested by the Board on April 28, and conducted by Dr. Joseph K. Gaydos to provide a comprehensive overview of operations as they pertain to cetaceans, and to benchmark operations against comparable aquariums across North America.

Dr. Gaydos is a practicing wildlife veterinarian who currently serves as Chief Scientist for the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center’s SeaDoc Society Program. He will present the findings of his review at the Special Meeting. In addition, the Vancouver Aquarium will present on its programming education and rehabilitation related to cetaceans, as well as their work with other aquariums.

Speak at the meeting

You are invited to attend the meeting to provide comments and to speak to the report. So far, 65 speakers have registered. The meeting is on Saturday, July 26, starting at 9:00am, at the Park Board Administration Office, 2099 Beach Avenue. 

Sign up to speak now

Note: The Special Meeting will conclude by 5 pm, as the Park Board parking lot will be dedicated to accessible parking for the Honda Celebration of Light, which begins at 10 pm.

If the Board is unable to hear from all registered speakers, it will reconvene on Monday evening, July 28 (exact time TBD).