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Cetacean ban off the table at Vancouver Park Board: John Coupar

The Vancouver Park Board won't be debating the issue of whales and dolphins in captivity any time soon, according to the board's chair.

Park Board chair says issue of cetaceans at aquarium has been reviewed, won't return to debate

A trainer works with Beluga whale Aurora at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

The Vancouver Park Board won't be debating the issue of whales and dolphins in captivity any time soon, according to the board's chair.

"The ban on cetaceans was not enacted. It's not enforced," Park Board Chair John Coupar told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff.

Last July, the park board, then dominated by Vision Vancouver, tried to pass a bylaw that would prevent the Vancouver Aquarium from breeding whales, dolphins and porpoises.

In the November election the Non-Partisan Association came out as strongly against the ban and won the majority of seats on the Park Board.

Coupar said the issue is now closed and likely won't be reviewed in the coming year.

"We had a very extensive review in 2014," he said.

"There's been a lot of public consultation. There's been a lot of information that was received from various reports that the park board commissioned."

To hear the full interview with John Coupar, click the audio labelled: Park board won't revisit cetacean ban.

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