Marine mammal capture

From: Jennifer Philips (jphilips@hawaii.edu)
Date: Fri Jan 25 2002 - 18:09:34 EST


hello,
i just wondered if it was still legal to take wild animals
and put them in captivity. because our trainer said that
they had got this dolphin from cuba. i just thought there
was some kind of law made in the 70's so if i could hear
back that'd be great! thank u soo much for ur time!!!

Morgan

Morgan,

The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA, 1972) established a
moratorium on capturing or harming marine mammals. However,
there are exceptions to the rules of the MMPA for groups
planning to conduct scientific research or to place marine
mammals on public display, as at marine life parks. These
groups must apply for and be granted a "permit" by the
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in order to capture
marine mammals. In 1994, however, the rules were tightened
even more, and since then, really NO permits to capture wild
marine mammals for purposes of public display have been
issued. Most likely, the dolphin from Cuba was captured
either before the MMPA was enacted or before 1994, when the
rules were tightened. Exceptions are made when marine
mammals already in captivity are moved from one country to
another, or from one facility to another.

The information at this link is very technical, but it might
give you some more detailed info.
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot_res/laws/MMPA/MMPA.html

Thanks for your question to Whalenet!
Jen Philips



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