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


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Affected Species


The National Marine Fisheries Service has 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 permit expires on September 15, 2023, or upon importation of the dolphin, whichever occurs first. The permit authorizes the importation only, which may occur over the 3-year duration of the permit.  Once the dolphin is transported to SeaWorld of Texas, a permit is not required for its 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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Permits and Conservation Division

Phone: 301-427-8401

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 11/09/2020