THE SECOUND DOLPHINARIUM MEETING- BELEK

18-02-2010

Marine mammals have a vital role in the marine ecosystem. Thus, for the protection of these unique marine mammals, TUDAV is assessing the current situation of dolphinariums and organizing meetings between the stakeholders for the purpose of improving the welfare of these captive animals.

The secound meeting was organized in Belek by the support of Troy Dolphinarium. The main topics of the meeting were; existing dolphinariums in our country, their current situation (the animal species and number they shelter, their pools ext.), the necessity of having dolphinarium standards and ways to increase the welfare of captive animals in the dolphinariums. Furthermore, dolphin therapy and dolphin rehabilitation issues were discussed. It was pointed out that dolphin therapy centers should keep their visitor achieves and should share those with the relevant authorities. Even though the main agenda of the meeting was to determine the dolphinarium standarts, it was decided that actually the dolphinariums were the first step to create these standards. After the creation of the baseline, marine mammal experts would do the final check and present the dolphinarium standards to the relevant authorities.

Dolphin rehabilitation issue was opened to the discussion for the first time. The main aim of this meeting was to bring the stakeholders together and find ways on improving the welfare of the captive animals in the dolphinariums. By the help of this meeting, we hoped to raise awareness on marine mammal protection and as a consequence, prevent hunting on wild dolphins.