Other stakeholders will have the chance to speak at another meeting.
The conversation was spurred by the city's mayor, Gregor Robertson, who in April called for an end to whale and dolphin captivity at the aquarium. An online petition calling for the same has already gained over 17,000 signatures.
Several conservationists have publicly encouraged the aquarium to end whale and dolphin captivity. Primatologist Jane Goodall recently sent an open letter to the facility, calling its whale programs "no longer defensible by science."
After exposing the horrific dolphin hunts that happen every year in Taiji, Japan in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove," dolphin trainer-turned activist Ric O'Barry of the Dolphin Project has set his sights on a new group of dolphins: those living in tanks at the Vancouver Aquarium.
In a recent letter addressed to Mayor Gregor Robertson, O'Barry and Earth Island Institute director David Phillips assert that cetacean captivity is quickly becoming a practice of the past:
"Captivity is hard on cetaceans for many reasons. Concrete pools are too small and too enervating for cetaceans to thrive, especially given that wild dolphin travel many miles each day in their natural environment. These social animals are often put in tanks with unfamiliar individuals, which can cause considerable stress and difficulties. It has been proven that many species of cetaceans die early in captivity compared to the wild."