PM speaks on dolphin project

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, asked whether he believes that a proposed dolphin park project here would be worthwhile, has said that it is a question that is being put to the country.

“Right now we are asking Saint Lucians that question,” Chastanet told reporters yesterday.

He disclosed that there was a proposal for a dolphin park at Anse Jambette that had already been approved.

“I think the question of whether we should have a park in Saint Lucia – that question was already answered,” Chastanet, a former Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister observed.

He disclosed that in his private life his father, businessman Michael Chastanet,  was part of a group attempting to establish a dolphin park here but could not find a location.

The Prime Minister said he had encouraged the developers  to consider Pigeon Island when they discovered that establishing a park at Anse Jambette would be difficult.

He told reporters that Pigeon Island is a major asset that is ‘grossly’ underutilised.

“Whether we have a dolphin park or not is very much in line with our national policy. As you know Saint Lucia is part of the whaling association and we believe in a sustainable use of marine resources, so that is generally the policy that the government has” Chastanet explained.

He said he would like think that Saint Lucia can proceed with the proposed park.

According to the Prime Minister, the intention was to meet with the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) which manages Pigeon Island, to get its input and assessment of the project.

The Trust held a meeting with the investors on Saturday.

Chastanet told reporters he was not so sure how much of what took place amounted to that assessment.

” I am disappointed that any investor would come to this country and be treated the way the investor was treated,’ the Prime Minister stated.

He said whether Saint Lucia has a dolphin park is not for the SLNT to decide.

However he noted that questions such as whether the proposed project will have an environmental impact or cause any damage to Pigeon Island have to be answered.

“We still have to deal with what the facts are,” Chastanet declared.

The proposed dolphin park has been criticised by environmental groups and animal rights campaigners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 Comments

  1. 12 tribes
    March 14, 2017 at 10:43 am

    “We still have to deal with what the facts are,” Chastanet declared.

    The facts are that the PM doesn’t give a f#$k what the local people think. Pretty soon, the entire Pigeon Point area will be unwelcome for loacals, unless they are employees of course.

    1. Denise Cataldo Robertson
      March 15, 2017 at 12:57 am

      Just as all the civilized nations have come to the reality that it is cruel to remove dolphins from their lifetime pod mates beyond.words. Dolphins become very stressed and depressed during their capture and for their lifetime. Shame on St. Lucia.

  2. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I can’t believe our PM SUGGESTED PIGEON POINT FOR THE DOLPHIN PARK..smh does he not care about our heritage sites. Guess he doesnt since he wasnt born here

  3. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I do not believe there is anything wrong with the proposed amusement park however I do believe more important than anything else will be the consideration of ongoing costs required of such an endeavor and whether visitors can generate sufficient revenues to sustain positive growth.

    1. Anonymous
      March 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Shut up Andy

      1. Anonymous
        March 15, 2017 at 8:12 am

        Obviously the inherent costs born to such endeavors are enormous. Caring for Dolphins while generating income from their sports aren’t always bad! However the costs required to treat Dolphins well can trip-up even the wealthiest investors. But, it isn’t always the case. This isn’t a pet project for investing blindly! There are serious consequences for mismanaging Dolphin parks foreign and domestic! Tread with caution, PM C!! The fishing industry will suffer, hoteliers and residents will become worried about the escalating costs and decreasing fish supply. In the long-run fewer may prosper as they loose earnings due to demand-pull inflation which will begin to affect all areas of the supply chain..

    2. Denise Cataldo Robertson
      March 15, 2017 at 1:02 am

      How about the imprisonment of sentient thinking, feeling dolphins. Their brain thinks much like ours, they feel love and loyalty and depair just like humans. They live with the same pod for life. Some die of depression after capture. Please do not think this is ok. Watch the movie “The Cove” so you can see the capture of dolphins, I hope you change your mind.

  4. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

    We have a heritage of exactly what at pigeon island? We need ten dolphin parks.

  5. Terence Joseph
    March 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    St Lucia is moving forward the dolphin park can enhanced the process that’s going on. May St Lucia prospere in Jesus name.

    1. Anonymous
      March 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Enhance what exactly? More and more these parks are being dismantled in the more developed countries or losing popularity! So building one here would do what! SMDH

  6. Dale Jacobs
    March 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I hope Lucians get the message: st Lucia is castanet and son inc.

  7. P- your
    March 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Like I said before , Cuthbert Didier watch out . Mercury lime will go . Jazz gone already. Chastnet en give a rats arse . He sold pigeon point to a company from Saudi Arabia.

  8. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Such idiotic statements, so are we fulfilling your father’s dream of a Dolphin park at the expense of our environment, knowing all the issues that we are confronted with globally. I can now understand why Ministers travel to Climate change meetings and cannot make a contribution as to what is happening on this island because the country is run by a club whose aim is to make money for themselves and their friend leaving the same poor people who took their couple dollars to give them ching ching. So, so sad. If this is the direction we are heading then let us continue with the prostitution game. What a joke, where is the common sense in this all, after the experts have spoken. This is the behaviour of a fully retarded person. Shame on you and those who support.

    1. Anonymous
      March 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      The PM might be a mouth piece for his father. They clearly don’t appreciate the importance of the mangrove or sites such as Pigeon Point or Maria islands. Where is the passion from a leader who claims that Saint lucia is so dear to him!? The passion is for the so called Elitist in the country to grant them more economical power! Go figure!
      We voted for that

    2. viewer
      March 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      The experts have already given stern warning about the consequences of this facility and yet this hard headed man still talking about building the damn thing;especially, in such an area…what is this man really trying to do to our people.yes,we voted for employment and vat reduction but not in the manner its transpiring…have we really lowered level of pride and dignity,as to sell our beautiful island that the French and British vigorously fought for,to investor who will profit and pay us lucians cents…all our embellished beaches are being stripped away from us…smh

  9. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    My God wat next; no beach for St Lucians ; only tourist

  10. TIO
    March 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Poor little dolphine my heart break in peaces when1992 i saw a local resedent captured a small dolphine and sluter my heart sunk to a depth of never return and they slutter it ,,tears was in my eyes caused i heard this little dolphine cry with a voice are you priminister building a jail for these dolphine God forbide, you may suffer the pain they will go through and who told you those creature teir soul go down and vanish and your soul will go. Up and wait for your jugement and the rest of you set the Dolphin Free ,are you puting compitition to the local deep water fishing and watching wales and othere species around the island ,do u have to cripled the fishing industries where a lot of lical live on as sports,?you canot do that, it krazy krazy money graber from big invester let them invest in the fishing market for better management. And equipment as the best business and to do better marketting and services for the st lucian and the caribbean at large you are getting the people to be hatters and induldge in crime

  11. think
    March 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Here’s a suggestion; if they want a dolphin park that bad why don’t they build it elsewhere? Pigeon island is one of few national parks that families and tourists alike can enter for a small fee and enjoy themselves peacefully. It is a beautiful place. If you monetize it and turn it into dolphin city you leave us with what now?

  12. 666
    March 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Allen, you’ve disappointed me again bro, you are definitely on the wrong track. STOP, and take the back roads, only then you shall find your way.

  13. The Donald
    March 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    We need jobs go right ahead Mr Prime Minister

  14. viewer
    March 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    The experts have already gave a stern warning not to establish this facility due to many immoral consequences, but this hard headed man refuse to accept the facts;of course,he wants st.lucians to decide because he is cognizant that most of us are gullible and blinded by money. Investors are buying the most beautiful beaches and restraining the local from accessing it. Investors get rich off our denseness and pay us cents. It’s like we are not independent anymore…selling off our land to these people.

  15. John Williams
    March 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Hey Chas,
    I want to build a nuclear waste dumping ground in St. Lucia? I would like to construct it deep enough to reach the ground water. “Jobs, jobs”he replies. Some things in life are not worth the effort…like Dolphin Park.

  16. english chapinsf
    March 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Points made by dolphin trainers themselves:

    1. A former dolphin trainer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Dodo that these programs are inherently problematic — and cetaceans simply do not belong in captivity.

    2.Though he witnessed the enclosed pens being cleaned, he claims the smell of the chlorine was so strong, it would “choke” the trainers — and that some of the animals eventually went blind because of its use.

    3.many of the dolphins suffered from ” psychosis,” a behavior not unheard of in marine mammals forced to swim in small pens all day long. They were also under extreme pressure to perform, which may have made them dangerous to humans, he says: “They did 10 interactions a day … the same motions, the same speech, the same signals over and over. They would get frustrated … and aggressive to guests or knock food buckets out of our hands.”

    4. some female dolphins prevented their new babies from breathing — by stopping them from coming to the surface. The trainer, who isn’t a scientist, said he and his colleagues deduced the mothers did this because they didn’t want their babies to “live in captivity.”

    5. cetaceans in captivity are routinely given antibiotics and ulcer medications, are in need of vitamin supplements because they are being fed nutrient-deficient frozen fish and have a history of premature death from a variety of causes.

    6.many dolphins, enclosure sizes are less than 1 percent of their natural habitat range.

    7.
    Individuals may become entangled in the capture nets and suffocate or suffer stress-related conditions associated with the trauma of capture. In addition, captures from the wild can negatively impact already depleted dolphin populations by removing breeding (or otherwise important) members from the group.
    8. mortality rate of captured bottlenose dolphins is dramatically increased during capture and transport.

    9 methods used to transport cetaceans can also be inhumane, and many individuals have died as a result of injury and stress brought about by efforts to supply captive facilities around the world.”

    10 hopes that the public will pay more attention to the plight of the dolphin in captivity. But to the tourist who is still thinking about swimming with dolphins, she says bluntly:
    “Your desire to be with them — is killing them.”

  17. Anonymous
    March 15, 2017 at 6:38 am

    we enjoy black fish
    we enjoy eating wales
    when we get a chance we killthe dolphins and put it on our tables
    we are signatories to the whaling convention
    what happen when we do that
    WE KILL THEM
    WHICH IS WORSE
    TO BE DEAD OR IMPRISONED BUT ALIVE

    1. angst rom
      March 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Yes, but why are we signatories to Whaling> It wouldn’t be because we want Japan to give us money would it? (A bit like we support Taiwan v the ROC. But then we will eventually be ROC(St Lucia) China could use us as an aircraft carrier once they have control of Hewanorra and VF port facilities – almost there!

  18. Marcus Day
    March 16, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and an important source of foreign exchange and employment for many developing countries.
    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commits Member States, through Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.9 to “devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products”. The importance of sustainable tourism, as a driver for jobs creation and the promotion of local culture and products, is also highlighted in Sustainable Development Goal target 12.b.
    Tourism is also identified as one of the tools to “increase [by 2030] the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries”, through Sustainable Development Goals Target 14.7.
    Sustainable tourism is defined by paragraph 130 of The Future We Want as a significant contributor “to the three dimensions of sustainable development” thanks to its close linkages to other sectors and its ability to create decent jobs and generate trade opportunities. Therefore, Member States recognize “the need to support sustainable tourism activities and relevant capacity-building that promote environmental awareness, conserve and protect the environment, respect wildlife, flora, biodiversity, ecosystems and cultural diversity, and improve the welfare and livelihoods of local communities”.
    Paragraph 130 of the Future We Want also focuses on the role of sustainable tourism as a key contributor for sustainable development in developing countries.
    More specifically, Member States, through paragraph 131, “encourage the promotion of investment in sustainable tourism, including eco-tourism and cultural tourism, which may include creating small and medium sized enterprises and facilitating access to finance, including through microcredit initiatives for the poor, indigenous peoples and local communities in areas with high eco-tourism potential”. In this regard, Member States also stress the importance of establishing, guidelines and regulations, in accordance with national priorities and legislation for promoting and supporting sustainable tourism.
    In 2002, the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg addressed sustainable tourism in Chapter IV, paragraph 43 of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
    At the Johannesburg Summit the launch of the Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) was announced. The initiative was inaugurated by the World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with UNCTAD in order to develop sustainable tourism as a force for poverty alleviation.
    The UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) last reviewed the issue of sustainable tourism in 2001, when it was acting as the Preparatory Committee for the Johannesburg Summit.
    The General Assembly in 1998 proclaimed 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism (A/RES/53/200), reaffirming Economic and Social Council resolution 1998/40, of 30 July 1998.
    In reviewing the first five years’ implementation of Agenda 21 in 1997 at its nineteenth Special Session, the General Assembly indicated the need to give further consideration to the importance of tourism in the context of Agenda 21.
    Under Chapter 7 of Agenda 21 devoted to the promotion of sustainable human settlement development, the promotion of the formulation of sound and culturally sensitive tourism programmes are seen as a strategy for sustainable development of urban and rural settlements and as a way of decentralizing urban development and reducing discrepancies among regions. The important role of ecotourism as a tool to promote economic growth in respect of environment sustainability is a recurring theme within Agenda 21, in particular with reference to the protection of forests (paragraph 11.20-11.21), mountain ecosystems (paragraph 13.6), improvement of farm production and farming systems (paragraph 14.25), sustainable conservation and use of marine living resources.

  19. angst rom
    March 16, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Here we are being governed by a businessman – you’d think that might be good for the country – but here is an idiot who has turned down a wind farm because he doesn’t want to buy the land . Why not buy the land and take a cut from the generated electricity? Environment?? What’s that?

  20. Eliza
    March 17, 2017 at 10:41 am

    He may be ” disappointed” that these so- called investors were treated scathingly, but the rest of are disappointed that it was his suggestion to use Pigeon Island. The ” investors” were simply made aware of the opposition to their proposal. If the had thought they were going to be met with approval, they were outstandingly misinformed!

  21. sharon terrell
    March 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    This is the year of the opposed.I truly oppose the Dolphin park, but St.lucians i thought you’ll said that is work and ching ching,ching,you’ll want in you’ll pockets now how will youll accomplish that goal.St.lucians more worried about the Dolphins than them selfs,and I to love nature but nature will not stop me from putting a dollar in my pocket.Am 80% sure the people that keep fighting against all the projects Allan Chastanet try to implement have money in their pockets.Yeah the Goliaths them that keep trampling the davids down.Who you’ll can employ and pay.You’ll have monies to buy the land Lol.Its been lying their forabout 1 hundred years hehe.Nature should be preserved.But i have to survive,as long as i live.So lets keep Investors ot no Investments.How the island will run hehe,on Yam Banana and Dasheen.Lol.Even big America bring in foreign Investors to build their country.St.lucia dont worry just sit on the land it will make money for you’ll.I want my milk and honey now now when am dead.Good luck Sucker’s.

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