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RESOLiTtION NO. 93-181 <br />A .. RBsOLuTIOH OF THB BOARD OF COUNTY <br />. CQMMISSIONBRS OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, <br />·FLoRIDA~ REQUESTING THAT DOLPHINS BE <br />DECLARED . A VALUABLE RESOURCE IN <br />INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FLORIDA AND <br />PROVIDING PROTECTION FROM CAPTURE; <br />PROVIDING FOR COPIES OF THB RESOLUTION <br />TO BE SENT TO STATE AND FEDERAL <br />OFFICIALS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE <br />DATE. <br />WHEREAS, dolphins have a high mortality rate in captivity; <br />:. and <br />WHEREAS, nearly half of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in <br />the world's aquariums are captured from Florida waters; and <br />WHEREAS, seventy-five (75) Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have <br />been captured from the Indian River Lagoon since 1972, the year <br />of passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act; and <br />WHEREAS, current population estimates place the entire <br />Indian River Lagoon Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population at <br />only two hundred (200) to three hundred (300) dolphins; and <br />WHEREAS, the National Marine Fisheries Service does not <br />verify compliance of foreign facilities who claim to meet the <br />standards of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Animal <br />Welfare Act; and <br />WHEREAS, it is estimated that half of the Atlantic <br />bottlenose dolphin population died during the epidemic between <br />1987-1989; and <br />WHEREAS, the Indian River County Board of County <br />Commissioners realizes that Atlantic bottlenose dolphins may <br />migrate outside the jurisdictional waters of Indian River County; <br />and <br />WHEREAS, the Indian River County Board of County <br />Commissioners wishes to express its desire that dolphins be <br />protected from capture and exploitation except for responsible <br />and qualified scientific research to allow for the enjoyment of <br />Atlantic bottlenose dolphins by future generations: <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County <br />Commissioners of Indian River County, Florida, that: <br />1. The Board of County Commissioners requests of all <br />government officials and representatives, as well as <br />regulatory agencies, and commissioners, that dolphins <br />be declared a valuable resource in Indian River County, <br />Florida, and removal from their natural environment be <br />forbidden except for responsible and qualified <br />scientific research, and that the Marine Mammal <br />Protection Act of 1972 be strengthened to provide <br />dolphins protection to the fullest extent possible. <br />2. The Executive Aide to the Board of County Commissioners <br />is hereby directed to send certified copies of this <br />resolution to United States Senator Robert Graham, <br />United States Senator Connie Mack, United States <br />Congressman James Bacchus, Florida Governor Lawton <br />Chiles, Florida State Senator Patsy Kurth, Florida <br />State Representative Charles Sembler, National Marine <br />Fisheries Service, Marine Mammal Commission and Florida <br />Department of Environmental Protection. <br />