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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.

Op-Ed: The aftermath of a cetacean drive reveals true stress of capture

Taiji - A recent drive in Taiji, Japan, drove a pod of 18 Risso's dolphins into the cove. Two were kept for captivity, 14 were killed, and two young -- one still showing birth folds, were dumped back at sea. Without maternal support, the act was a death sentence.

NOAA public meeting revealed 'arrogant disregard' says group Special

Silver Spring - "Georgia Aquarium does not meet the two primary burdens of proof under permitting criteria for harm to the species in the wild," said Courtney Vail over the aquarium's recent permit application to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia.

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