REPORT TO CAZA ACCREDITATION COMMISSION
SUBMITTED BY: Greg Tarry
DATE: January 18, 2013
ISSUE: Inspection of Marineland January 18, 2013
TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2013 /CNW/ -
During the inspection all Marineland staff and management continued to
be open and candid in their comments and provided any and all
information and assistance requested. This attitude was much
appreciated. There were no concerns identified during the inspection
that the Commission need react to at this time.
Based on direction from the Accreditation Commission to Marineland of
Canada on September 27, 2012 a third unannounced inspection was
conducted on January 18, 2013. The purpose of the inspection was to
assess the following areas identified by the Commission in their letter
Assess the water quality through a review of the water logs and a
physical inspection of all of the pools.
Upon arrival at Marineland I asked for and was given copies of the
internal water logs for the month of December and the external water
assessment reports. In reviewing the internal water logs all of the
parameters that were being tracked were within acceptable ranges. A
review of the external water test results supported the internal water
logs. Following a review of the water logs I visually inspected the
water in the aquarium, stadium, training and sea lion pools. All of the
water was clear and clean, there were no problems with color or odor of
the water in any of the areas. In addition none of the animals in the
water appeared to be experiencing any discomfort as a result of being
in the pools.
Assess staffing levels to ensure that animal welfare and staff safety
needs are being met.
During the site inspections I reviewed staffing levels in the areas in
question. The scheduled feedings for all of the animals in question
were reviewed, and all were being completed. The staff level appeared
to give them sufficient to conduct the needed training, do the
scheduled feedings and maintain cleanliness in the areas that I
Examine all of the animals held in the enclosures in question.
All of the dolphins have been moved into winter quarters in what is
called the training pool. I closely examined the skin and eye
conditions of all of the Dolphins and did not see any indication of
problems. In addition all of the animals were active and engaged
during the time that I was with them. Monthly blood tests continue to
be taken for the dolphins and no problems have been identified.
Review with veterinary and animal care staff the status of any animals
I met with the on-duty veterinarian, Dr. Erica Gehring, and walked
through all of the areas with her and reviewed the health of the
animals in question. I specifically inspected the eyes and skin
conditions of all of the animals and all were in good health with no
sign of eye or skin problems. At the time of inspection none of the
animals were under treatment for any non-chronic conditions. The older
sea lions were receiving pain medications to address long standing eye
issues that had been identified as primarily age related. The eyes of
the walrus, which had been identified as problems in the past, in all
cases appeared to be normal.
Ensure that water quality management protocols are being properly
At the time of my visit new water management protocols had not been
finalized. It is likely that the external engineer's inspection will
result in changes to the current systems and as a result we agreed that
part of the scope of their work would include the provision of an
appropriate protocol. In the interim the previous practice of testing
the water twice a day is being followed.
I once again reviewed the health of the Orca "Kiska" in light of a media
report claiming chronic bleeding in the tail area. As documented in
previous reports, there has been no recurrence of the bleeding in the
tail area. The animal continues to be in good health and is eating a
The progress on the engineering study that was also a part of the
Commission's letter of direction was discussed. Marineland has
retained an engineering firm to undertake the project. They have
completed their onsite work and are now finalizing their report.
Marineland expects to have the report completed by the end of January
and will then move forward with implementation shortly after that.
For further information:
Ann Marie Rondinelli