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Mark Palmer Testifies to California Coastal Commission on SeaWorld’s False Statements
| David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Mark J. Palmer, Associate Director of the Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project, testifies to the California Coastal Commission against SeaWorld San Diego's proposed Blue World project. Palmer encouraged the development of rehabilitation and release facilities, pointing out that there exist good candidates for release at SeaWorld. One such candidate is the orca Corky, whom was stolen from the Pacific Northwest population. A banner for Corky was presented to the commission with help from Michael Reppy, who also presented later in the day. Read More >

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Orca Scientist Dr. Ingrid Visser’s Testimony to Coastal Commission Against Orca Captivity
| David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Dr. Ingrid Visser flew all the way from New Zealand to make a presentation to the California Coastal Commission regarding SeaWorld's proposed Blue World Project. She was the first speaker to address the issues following a presentation by SeaWorld representatives. Dr. Visser, who has extensive experience with studying orcas in the wild, made compelling comparisons between wild individuals and those in SeaWorld's tanks, illustrating how damaging captivity is for these wide-ranging beings. Read More >

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Sara Wan, Former Chair of California Coastal Commission, Stands Up for Captive Orcas
| David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project

For many years, Sara Wan was a member and the chairperson of the California Coastal Commission. So, what she had to say to the Commission carried with it extra weight. Luckily for the captive orcas of SeaWorld, Sara was on their side! Read More >

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What Will SeaWorld Do?  Four Potential Moves
| Laura Bridgeman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Everyone wants to know what will SeaWorld do now that their tank expansion plan can only happen if orca breeding ends. Here is a review of some of their options. Read More >

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SeaWorld Tank Expansion Approved Only with Ban on Breeding of Orcas
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

In a stunning victory, the California Coastal Commission conditioned SeaWorld San Diego’s expansion of orca tanks (called by SeaWorld the “Blue World Project”) on SeaWorld ending breeding or moving captive orcas into California, effectively telling SeaWorld to phase out captive orcas. Read More >

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The Latest on Earth Island Institute’s SeaWorld Lawsuit
| David Phillips, August 24, 2015

The Latest on Earth Island Institute's SeaWorld Lawsuit Read More >

Topics: Dolphins, SeaWorld

REFLECTIONS ON OUR KEY BELUGA LAWSUIT VICTORY
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

We at Earth Island and activists dedicated to ending the captivity of cetaceans are celebrating the victory in federal court in Atlanta. In a huge win, Judge Amy Totenberg denied the Georgia Aquarium the permit they sought in order to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from a population in Russia that is sorely depleted. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute. The court victory has many ramifications. Russia, along with Taiji, Japan, and Cuba, is becoming a major source of captive marine mammals, as other sources around the world have either been depleted or closed to the dolphin trade by activists and governments. Read More >


IMATA ACCEPTS TAIJI DOLPHIN LETTER
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Save Japan Dolphins staff member Mark Palmer goes to Nassau, Bahamas to deliver a joint scientific and conservation community letter calling for the IMATA to stop its certified trainers from playing any role in the Taiji dolphin captures. Read More >


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  • Our Angel and Taiji Whale Museum lawsuit update shows what we are doing for the unfortunate albino dolphin and the others who have been captured during the infamous drive hunts. Ours is the first lawsuit ever filed against the Whale Museum.
    - Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project
  • A Japanese citizen's perspective on Fukushima and the peaceful dolphins of Mikura Islands, which are a short distance from the horrors of ‪#‎Taiji‬.
    - Tomomi Mikawa, Transpacific Correspondent
  • In a stunning victory, the California Coastal Commission conditioned SeaWorld San Diego’s expansion of orca tanks (called by SeaWorld the “Blue World Project”) on SeaWorld ending breeding or moving captive orcas into California, effectively telling SeaWorld to phase out captive orcas.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Save Japan Dolphins >
  • Our Angel and Taiji Whale Museum lawsuit update shows what we are doing for the unfortunate albino dolphin and the others who have been captured during the infamous drive hunts. Ours is the first lawsuit ever filed against the Whale Museum.
    - Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project
  • A Japanese citizen's perspective on Fukushima and the peaceful dolphins of Mikura Islands, which are a short distance from the horrors of ‪#‎Taiji‬.
    - Tomomi Mikawa, Transpacific Correspondent
  • Help sign the petition to put pressure on the Int'l Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) to get their certified trainers out of the waters of Taiji, Japan where they are helping select and measure dolphins for a life in captivity.
    - David Phillips, Int'l Marine Mammal Project
Dolphin + Whale 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.
    - Lawrence Makili, Pacific Island Director, Int'l 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.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
  • We at Earth Island and activists dedicated to ending the captivity of cetaceans are celebrating the victory in federal court in Atlanta. In a huge win, Judge Amy Totenberg denied the Georgia Aquarium the permit they sought in order to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from a population in Russia that is sorely depleted. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute. The court victory has many ramifications. Russia, along with Taiji, Japan, and Cuba, is becoming a major source of captive marine mammals, as other sources around the world have either been depleted or closed to the dolphin trade by activists and governments.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
Keiko Whale Rescue >
  • Keiko was the whale featured in the hit movie Free Willy. This film chronicles Keiko's history and his amazing odyssey from a cramped pool in Mexico City, to a new rescue/rehab facility in Newport, Oregon to his return to a sea pen in his native waters in Iceland.
    - David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project
  • Bestselling author Susan Casey, flanked by Earth Island Institute activists Mark Berman, Mark Palmer, and David Phillips, presented her new book "Voices in the Ocean" to an audience at the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, California. It was an inspirational night about the amazing dolphins.
    - Mary Jo Rice, International Marine Mammal Project
  • CAPTIVITY INDUSTRY LIES ABOUT KEIKO TO JUSTIFY THEIR FAILURE TO RETIRE CAPTIVE WHALES
    - David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project
Freeing Whales and Dolphins from Captivity >
  • Help sign the petition to put pressure on the Int'l Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) to get their certified trainers out of the waters of Taiji, Japan where they are helping select and measure dolphins for a life in captivity.
    - David Phillips, Int'l Marine Mammal Project
  • Mark J. Palmer, Associate Director of the Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project, testifies to the California Coastal Commission against SeaWorld San Diego's proposed Blue World project. Palmer encouraged the development of rehabilitation and release facilities, pointing out that there exist good candidates for release at SeaWorld. One such candidate is the orca Corky, whom was stolen from the Pacific Northwest population. A banner for Corky was presented to the commission with help from Michael Reppy, who also presented later in the day.
    - David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project
  • Dr. Ingrid Visser flew all the way from New Zealand to make a presentation to the California Coastal Commission regarding SeaWorld's proposed Blue World Project. She was the first speaker to address the issues following a presentation by SeaWorld representatives. Dr. Visser, who has extensive experience with studying orcas in the wild, made compelling comparisons between wild individuals and those in SeaWorld's tanks, illustrating how damaging captivity is for these wide-ranging beings.
    - David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project
Dolphin Safe Fishing >
  • Sign our petition and tell Walmart: Stop Supporting Dolphin Killing! Even though the company agreed not to sell dolphin-deadly tuna, we found out that they are.
    - David Phillips, International Marine Mammal Project
  • Walmart is a behemoth company that regularly draws the ire of environmentalists, labor movements and human rights advocates alike. The company once more finds itself in a negative spotlight - by selling dolphin-deadly tuna in it's online and brick-and-motar stores in Latin America.
    - David Phillips. Int'l Marine Mammal Project
  • We at Earth Island and activists dedicated to ending the captivity of cetaceans are celebrating the victory in federal court in Atlanta. In a huge win, Judge Amy Totenberg denied the Georgia Aquarium the permit they sought in order to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from a population in Russia that is sorely depleted. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute. The court victory has many ramifications. Russia, along with Taiji, Japan, and Cuba, is becoming a major source of captive marine mammals, as other sources around the world have either been depleted or closed to the dolphin trade by activists and governments.
    - Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project
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