Dolphin feeding 'secure'
A CURRENT review of marine mammal legislation "will not see the banning of current dolphin feeding activities at Tin Can Bay", Environment Minister Vicky Darling said yesterday.
But she did not appear to respond to concerns that these "current" feeding arrangements are only temporary.
"The previous Minister, Kate Jones, made it clear in 2009 and the Acting Minister Rachel Nolan again made it clear just last month - dolphin feeding will continue at Tin Can Bay," Ms Darling promised.
"Despite concerns in the community, this review is about finding the best way to ensure dolphin feeding at Tin Can Bay into the future. This will include the ability to authorise the feeding through a licence under legislation rather than through an agreement.
"The information booklet provided by the Department of Environment and Resource Management does not contain any biased or misleading information," she said, adding that "none of the options (under consideration) proposes banning dolphin feeding".
However, the wording of the information booklet seems to contradict her. In it, the only option said to have any advantages is one that would "by definition cease the program once (dolphins currently involved) are gone".
Ms Darling seemed to claim that a 2006 agreement allowing feeding at Tin Can Bay is illegal, saying it is "not possible under existing legislation to grant a dolphin feeding licence".