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03 August 2015

Ocean Adventure gains custodial rights over stranded dolphins

Ocean Adventure now has custodial rights over rehabilitated and stranded dolphins that may not be able to survive in the wild.

The open marine water park in Subic Bay, along with the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN), signed a Memorandum of Agreement on July 18 with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Offices 1 & 3 granting such custodial rights to Ocean Adventure.

Covered in the agreement are three dolphins given the nickname "dynamite girls" as they were victims of dynamite fishing that left them with significant hearing impairment. Because of this, they are deemed 'un-releasable' as they may be unable to survive in the wild. The dolphins will now be staying in a safe permanent home at Ocean Adventure.

Ocean Adventure partnered with BFAR ten years ago to form the PMMSN as the national organization to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured whales, dolphins and seacows (dugong).

The PMMSN now has over 3,000 trained BFAR personnel and stakeholders around the country, over 60 veterinarians trained in their medical treatment, and recorded over 620 stranding events to their credit.

 Ocean Adventure has responded to 58 of those strandings, and operates the only rehabilitation facility in the country - the Dolphin Rescue Center. (RBB/MPD-SBMA)

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'Kagitingan' is the latest victim of dynamite fishing and rescued by the PMMSN. She now stays at the Ocean Adventure Dolphin Rescue Center. http://subicnewslink.blogspot.com/2015/06/rescued-dolphin-alive-well-at-ocean.html

Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement. (Standing from left): Nelson Bien, FRMD OIC Reg 3; Dr. Leo Suarez, Treasurer of PMMSN; Carlo Magno, SBMEI VP for Zoo Operations. (Seated from left): Lemnuel Aragones, PMMSN; Mr. Nestor D. Domenden, BFAR Director Region 1; Ms. Gail Laule E. Laule, PMMSN; Mr. Wilfredo M. Cruz BRAF Director Region 3.



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