The application was brought by a local consortium which suggested that the governor had acted illegally in changing a regulation under the Fisheries Protection Ordinance. The group is protesting the establishment of a dolphinarium in the TCI.
The 2012 amendment allowed for the importation of marine mammals by a person who holds a permit, certificate or other document authorizing importation and keeping of marine mammals for display, exhibition or performance.
The change was proposed after Dolphin Cove development received a business licence by the then interim Government following its proposal to open a ‘swim with the dolphins’ park in Cooper Jack on the south side of Providenciales.
It would have been the fifth dolphin attraction for Dolphin Cove.