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SeaWorld Permit Application for the Import of a Pacific White-sided Dolphin


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Affected Species


On September 15, 2020, NOAA Fisheries issued a permit to SeaWorld, LLC. (Responsible Party: Christopher Dold, DVM), 9205 Southpark Center Loop, Suite 400, Orlando, Florida, 32819 to import one stranded, non-releasable (captive) adult female Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) from Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) for public display purposes at SeaWorld of Texas (San Antonio, Texas). The dolphin was imported on April 25, 2021. The permit, which was valid for up to 3 years or upon import, whichever occurred first, was expired on April 26, 2021 as a permit is not required for the dolphin’s holding under public display

The issued permit and relevant documents are provided below under Supporting Materials.  

The 30-day public comment period ended on April 13, 2020.  Public comments may be viewed via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

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Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 06/07/2021