Government of Canada launches public consultations on policies that support ending the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises
“Like Canadians across the country, our Government understands that whales, dolphins and porpoises should be enjoyed in the wild, not on display behind glass walls. These new policies will help end their captivity across the country and ensure those already in captivity will not be imported or exported into or from Canada, unless it is in the best interest of their health, welfare, or for strong scientific reasons.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
There are only two aquaria in Canada that hold cetaceans: the Vancouver Aquarium (managed by Ocean Wise) in British Columbia, and Marineland in Ontario.
- The Vancouver Aquarium has one cetacean in captivity: a 30-year-old Pacific White-sided dolphin. In January 2018, the Vancouver Aquarium announced that it would no longer hold cetaceans in captivity for public display, with the exception of its one remaining dolphin.
- Marineland holds one Orca whale, five Bottlenose dolphins, and a population of more than 50 Beluga whales.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has not issued a permit to capture a cetacean from the wild for the purposes of public display since the early 1990s.
DFO is responsible for the conservation and protection of Canada's marine resources, including wild marine mammals, as set out in the Marine Mammal Regulations. We achieve this through regulation, research, education, policies, and management plans.
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