Cancún, Quintana Roo, February 28th, 2018 - Within the framework of the annual meeting of the AMMPA that took place yesterday in Washington, D.C, the habitats of Dolphin Discovery located in Ocho Ríos and Montego Bay, in the Island of Jamaica, were certifies by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international association that represents the parks with marine life, aquariums, zoos, research centers and professional organizations with the purpose of establishing the highest standards for the handling of marine mammals through public education, scientific research, and the support among its members.
After the visit of the inspectors of Alliance to verify that both habitats comply with the necessary key points of control, the parks obtained for the first time the accreditation of the Alliance of Marine Mammals Parks and Aquariums.
The strict guidelines of the AMMPA include 12 norms that must be followed to be able to receive the certification. The parks must provide the appropriate documentation to demonstrate their adherence to such norms, including the documents of admissibility of the dolphins, giving preference to parks such as Dolphin Discovery, which has excellent reproduction programs. For this important certification, the parks have to provide the medical records that are registered every day, the detailed plans and programs that they carry out for the staff training, the guests, and the community outside the habitat, and also to deliver evidence of the continuous scientific research.
To achieve this important certification, AMMPA requires that the premises of the parks have an adequate size for the animals and the records of the periodical water analysis; the safety measures for the guests, animals, and staff are also verified meticulously.
Likewise, every 5 years, Alliance carries out a reevaluation to each one of the habitats of Dolphin Discovery that has already received the certification. This was the case with the habitat in Mexico City and the one in Los Cabos, BCS, which were re certificated with excellent comments and with the highest qualifications given by the inspectors. Dolphin Discovery ratifies that it complies with the highest international standards regarding the care of marine mammals.
Only 54 marine institutions all over the world have such high standards required by the AMMPA to be part of their team and Dolphin Discovery is the only Mexican Company that has more certified habitats, being the 25% from the total of certified parks worldwide.
February 28th, 2018