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Vancouver Aquarium still discussing Park Board vote regarding cetaceans

Aurora the beluga whale (courtesy Vancouver Aquarium)

Would a ban have a deep impact on the research done at the aquarium?

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver Aquarium is talking about the vote by the Vancouver Park Board commissioners last night in favour of working toward a ban on importing and displaying cetaceans.

Aquarium CEO and President John Nightingale says he is deeply disappointed, and adds we are facing the biggest mass extinction since the age of dinosaurs.

He says staff at the facility believe it is their mission to fight for nature.

He says a ban could put in jeopardy the aquarium’s ability to provide a home for non-releasable animals while the facility moves towards phasing out belugas by 2029.

A planned expanded cetacean research program could also be at risk.

The aquarium says a ban may also mean the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre no longer being able to rescue injured, sick, or stranded cetaceans.