SLNT to meet dolphinarium investors

Investors in the proposed dolphin project at Pigeon Island are scheduled to meet representatives of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) on Saturday, SLNT council member, Calixte George Jr, has disclosed.

George said a proposal has been put to the SLNT for the use of the marine space around Pigeon Island for the establishment of a dolphinarium.

‘The trust believes that as a membership organisation we should allow our members to hear the proposal and hear what they have to say about it,” he told the Times.

Several environmentalists and animal rights campaigners have expressed their concern about the dolphin project.

The family of  well-known Saint Lucian conservationist,  Robert J. Devaux, recently wrote an open letter to Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet,  urging him to put a stop the project  which according to reports, will  also see the construction of a restaurant, gift shop, and swimming pool on Pigeon Island.

The Devaux family said in the open letter that such commercial activity will do nothing to enhance the natural beauty or historic charm of the park.

The family launched an online petition against the initiative.

7 Comments

  1. 666
    March 11, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    It’ll actually have a negative impact on tourism…the world has moved on, and so should we.

  2. JOHN WILLIAMS
    March 11, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    The tide is ebbing on this silly activity of holding cetaceans in captivity for human amusement. In the 1990s it was cool. It is heading to the exit like smoking cigarettes. Conduct a web search to reveal people’s attitudes. Definitely not good for St. Lucia’s image.

    1. Anonymous
      March 20, 2017 at 7:09 am

      John its ebbing in your part of the world( the west) which makes up less than one fifth of world population. ?…..many many cigar smokers still left, in fact the value of the trade actually rising sir………if the investment is a private one why are we sò concerned about the investor and he losing his money especially if it is spent here? If you are morally against these establishment or their activity , its easy to just not visit, like I avoid the casino, but instead of doing that you prefer for the money to not be spent here…..maybe those who would be employed should instead visit your home for a weekly stipend?

  3. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    It would be nice if this Government could come up with a project that involves manufacturing, instead of all these tourism-based projects–hotel expansion here, DSH there, Dolphins over there. Can’t the Government attract any international manufacturers to our shores? How about, for starters, trying to revive the copra factory in Soufriere and producing a range of goods, such as oil, butter, animal feed, detergents and soaps, etc? This could be a joint venture with countries from where we can get raw materials, like coconuts and packaging items. And perhaps the Government can stimulate the establishment of local joint ventures in the areas of furniture manufacturing, Argo-processing, and clothing and Textiles. With the right incentives, St. Lucians can come together in a few companies in order to produce marketable items and generate employment.

  4. Anonymous
    March 13, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Who in this enlightened age would ever consider a dolphin prison? Are you out of your minds?

  5. David Goodrick
    March 20, 2017 at 5:47 am

    St Lucia will be taken off my places to go if this project goes ahead.

    1. Anonymous
      March 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Maybe you one of the bargain visitors who’s spending here is very insignificant …….but its also hypocritical on your part because zoos and other animal enclosures are so wide spread that chances are you live in a country where this is perfectly legal but you come here and talk like you have some sort of moral high ground…….again its your choice to visit or not, happy that we are pivoting away from the sphere of influence of the likes of your kind whose countries benefitted from our exploitation but love to see the locals poor and hungry so you can keep having your cheap holidays

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