NOAA Denies Georgia Aquarium’s Application to Import 18 Belugas

Written by on August 7, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law

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NOAA Fisheries denies application to import 18 beluga whales for public display

Good news for belugas! Yesterday, NOAA Fisheries announced it is denying the Georgia Aquarium’s request for a permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia. The process took more than a year — the Georgia Aquarium submitted the application to import the whales back on June 15, 2012.


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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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