Studying the future of the dolphins at the zoo

Barcelona is hosting a seminar on captive dolphins on 14 and 15 September, with international experts converging on the city. The meeting should result in a document outlining recommendations on the future of the six dolphins at the city’s zoo. The seminar is open to the public.

Barcelona was declared a city free of captive dolphins in December 2016 and since then has been working to find the best possible solution for the six bottlenose dolphins still living at the zoo.

The seminar ‘Bottlenose dolphin workshop – An overview of studies, alternatives and criteria to be considered when a captive facility closes’ offers a snapshot of the Mediterranean dolphin population, the effects and risks these animals face in captivity, such as chronic stress, and looks at what future options there are for them. A protocol will also be established as a guideline for other cities which no longer want to keep dolphins in captivity. The Barcelona case will be addressed specifically in order to look at the best alternative for the dolphins at the city’s zoo.

A dozen experts from around the world will be taking part in the seminar on Thursday and Friday. The first to speak will be Erich Hoyt, one of the world’s leading experts on marine mammals and protecting the marine environment.

The seminar, jointly organised by the City Council and SUBMON, is free to attend and is open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend should book in advance by writing to projectes@submon.org. The seminar is being held in the auditorium at the UPF’s Ciutadella campus. The programme is available here