Proposed Dolphinarium in Gibraltar: Ocean Embassy Rejects Involvement
Ocean Embassy - a company associated with plans to set up a dolphinarium in Gibraltar - has written to our sister charity GONHS denying any participation in the project and accusing GONHS of being "false and intentionally misleading". Despite documentation of the company's involvement, GONHS said, "it is willing to accept at face value the statement that Ocean Embassy neither are the developers of the site nor own dolphinaria" but "rejects the allegations made by the company as to GONHS's intentions".
In a press release issued today, GONHS also highlighted that it will continue to campaign against the plans of building a dolphinarium in Gibraltar.
Since the plans have been made public, GONHS has received a lot of support in this campaign. Close to 3,000 people have joined the facebook group to protest against the proposal. Both opposition party PDP and the Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers have written respective press releases.
Read the Press Release in Full Length:
GONHS Confirms Its Opposition To Dolphinarium
Whoever Is the Developer
Ocean Embassy, a company based in Florida, and which is associated with proposals to set up a Dolphinarium in Gibraltar, has written to the Gibraltarian NGO stating that they are not the developers of the proposed Dolphinarium at Rosia Bay and that Ocean Embassy do not own dolphinaria.
It accuses GONHS of being "false and intentionally misleading”. While GONHS is willing to accept at face value the statement that Ocean Embassy neither are the developers of the site nor own dolphinaria, GONHS rejects the allegations made by the company as to GONHS's intentions.
In documents provided to GONHS by Europa Point Marine Village Limited (the company that is putting forward the proposal), these clearly state that they [EPMVL] and Ocean Embassy have “merged…in connection with its marine orientated activities both in Gibraltar and the US.” This and a number of other statements and facts gave GONHS the clear impression of Ocean Embassy’s activities and involvement. GONHS has decided to remove the words “led by Ocean Embassy” from the press release it posted on its website and has written to Ocean Embassy explaining its position on these matters.
In any event nothing that Ocean Embassy has stated in its letter to GONHS affects the substantive objections that GONHS maintains against the Dolphinarium. These remain and in GONHS’s view are unanswerable. As said in previous statements there are a number of good reasons why the Dolphinarium project should be stopped and no support given to it by Government.
GONHS will continue with its campaign, which it has a right to lead and maintain, and will continue to welcome support to its Facebook Group "Stop the Gibraltar Dolphinarium", as well to other activities that will be planned as long as the proposals remain on the table.