In the wake of public outcry over the whales and dolphins living at Vancouver Aquarium, the city's Park Board held a formal review of the a staff report of the aquarium's operations around captive cetaceans. The review was also attended by over 130 other stakeholders and members of the public who intended to give their testimony.
The aquarium is home to two beluga whales and two Pacific White-Sided Dolphins. Its track record with belugas is particularly bad -- in the past decade alone, three captive-born calves under the age of three died at the park.
According to Park Board chair Aaron Jasper, the report was strictly a fact-finding one. After its presentation, it will be up to the board to decide a course of action, "and that could range from seeking further information as recommended by the author, or to take some definitive action with respect to the bylaws pertaining to cetaceans in captivity."
CBC's Richard Zussman was live-tweeting the meeting: