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Fisheries dept confirm dolphins to be imported for Phuket dolphinarium

PHUKET: The Fisheries Department has today (Sept 24) confirmed to The Phuket News that the dolphin import permit request submitted for the Nemo dolphinarium was accepted at the beginning of this month following several checks on the facility by relevant departments.


Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 24 September 2015, 03:11PM

It is now highly likley that the Nemo dolphinarium will go ahead not that the import permit has been agreed.
It is now highly likley that the Nemo dolphinarium will go ahead not that the import permit has been agreed.

Yu-Ai Ketphet, an officer from the Fisheries Department declined to explain full details of the import, but she did say that the company behind Nemo could be in the process or importing 5 or 6 dolphins but she wasn’t sure.

“After the necessary improvements were made to the facility the Phuket Fisheries Department, together with a dolphin specialist and engineer inspected the whole facility again.”

Dr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) who is a dolphin and turtle specialist said, “As far as I know the import document stated that about five dolphins were going to be imported from the Ukraine.

“The Marine Biological Centre’s requirements are that any imported animals must not be taken from their natural environment. These dolphins are farmed.

“We have seen that the facility has been improved and is OK to house dolphins.

“We don’t want wild dolphins in a dolphinarium and I don’t believe the dolphins that will be kept here will be released back into a natural environment,” Dr Kongkiat said.

A number of people and organisations have campaigned to put a stop to the Nemo dolphinarium, most recently Skal International Phuket & Southern Thailand’s executive committee and the SKAL members who issued a statement in protest against the opening and called upon all SKAL and non-Skal members from any industries in Phuket to join the protest against this project. (See story here)  



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elflove1 | 04 October 2015 - 17:55:08

Disgraceful. I believe Thailand to be a forward-looking country, so how can it approve an abomination like this? Not only is captivity wrong on every level, but it maintains the notorious Japanese Taiji dolphin slaughter. This decision smacks of corruption - too many Russians making too many backhanders! Tracy J Holroyd, Co-author of The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy

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BigA | 26 September 2015 - 07:32:51

Boycott is the only answer,if all Tour operators don't sell packages for this shows than there is no profit!I personally boycott any
< Round Eyed > Tour company's and will give them hell! Unfortunately there are all this millions low package Asians Tourist who love any kind of entertainment,they don't knew better!Just look at them every morning when they walk like a cattle herd to buses,speedboats a.s.o.One good news Japanese cant eat them as Tuna! Or can they??  Horst

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hagarswife | 25 September 2015 - 15:49:31

I do not want to see in prisoned and captive dolphin or wales. Do you not realise how much anger and frustration you are causing a great deal of people world wide ????  We want to see these beautiful mammals in the sea where they belong !! Not doing tricks to be fed !!! Please try and evolve like the rest of the forward thinking nations.

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Concerned | 25 September 2015 - 07:17:10

Bad News
When greedy shortsighted humans have finally destroyed nature, 
the source of their wellbeing they will also be extinguished. 
Then hopefully nature will have again a fair chance to claim their territory back.

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jay san | 24 September 2015 - 22:16:23

Does the fisheries department not have any idea of how much outrage this is going to cause all over the world. Captive dolphins in a tiny, chlorinated tank, is not any persons idea of entertainment and it is morally unacceptable. This will cause the same problems as what Cecil the lion did all over the world. People care tremendously what happens to the dolphins, since we now understand that they are highly intelligent, sensitive dolphins that do not deserve the life of a fish in a tank. Please change your ways or the worlds media/social media will focus on the atrocities you commit on such wonderful dolphins. 

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