The International Marine Mammal Project and several other organizations intervened in support of the National Marine Fishery Service in a challenge over its denial of a permit to Georgia Aquarium. Specifically, Georgia aquarium sought a permit to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia despite the negative impacts of removing these whales from the wild. The National Marine Fishery Service and the intervening plaintiffs prevailed, and Georgia Aquarium was denied a permit to hold these whales in captivity.
Court affirms denial of beluga whale import permit.
Georgia court weighs destiny of 18 captured beluga whales.
Court grants motion to intervene.
International Marine Mammal Project and several other organizations moved to intervene in Georgia Aquarium, Inc. v. Pritzker filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.