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Op-Ed: US marine parks' bid for Russian belugas affected wild stocks

Last year, NOAA Fisheries denied Georgia Aquarium a permit to import 18 captured beluga whales from Russia. It seems they were right to do so. According to scientific papers, multiple facility requests have negatively impacted Russia's wild beluga stocks.

A Georgia Aquarium's Beluga request rejected

President Obama’s administration rejected the world’s largest aquarium this week to buy 18 beluga whales from Russia. It was their first endeavor in more than 20 years to import marine mammals recently captured from the wild.

NOAA denies permit application to import 18 wild-caught belugas

Silver Spring - Faced with one of the most contested permits ever, NOAA has denied Georgia Aquarium's application for the import of 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia.

Import of wild belugas is most contested permit in over a decade

When Georgia Aquarium applied for a permit to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia, their application became public in the Federal Register. This opened the application up to a public comment period that has so far attracted over 4,000 responses.

Op-Ed: How aquaria get their marine mammals — or in this case, belugas

Atlanta - Recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia Aquarium had applied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a permit to import 18 wild-caught belugas captured from Russian waters. Ethically, something stinks.

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