Georgia Aquarium locked in legal battle over denial of permit to import belugas from Russia

ATLANTA – The Georgia Aquarium is locked in a legal battle with a federal agency over the denial of its request to bring 18 beluga whales from Russia for display in aquariums in the United States. The aquarium argues introducing new belugas into the captive population in the U.S. would diversify the gene pool, make the population more stable and broaden the database of research on belugas' needs and capabilities. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, known as NOAA Fisheries, said the aquarium's application for an import permit failed to meet some requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.(Read Full Article Here)