Dear EcoCare Maldives,

I am Mark Berman Associate Director of Earth Island Institute and the director of dolphin safe tuna monitoring worldwide. This includes the dolphin safe tuna industry of Maldives.

I can state that the claim that only captive born dolphins from outside Maldives will be imported is still what it is a slave trade in dolphins for human abuse. The traffic in live dolphins MUST end. Breeding IS NOT sustainable in a captive setting.   Keeping these dolphins in pens is also going to risk non native diseases to be spread to the wild dolphins of Maldives, plus if any escape these non native dolphins can cause genetic problems  with the wild population.

Earth Island is also behind The Cove movie which stars Ric Obarry of our staff.  We are prepared to launch an international campaign against this Maldives govt. sponsored BAD IDEA. We have over 2 million signatures on Facebook causes against the Japan govt.

Trade and killing of dolphins. Does Maldives want to really join this  club of dolphin abuse after years of enjoying dolphin safe status?  The tuna industry will be at risk if the govt allows imports of dolphins. The person proposing this does not discuss the source of the dolphins.

If they are captive bred, this means nothing as the parents were brutally captured from the wild.  Therefore , the proponent is just as guilty as those capturing and trading in live dolphins.  Ric Obarry and I will challenge the proponent and the Govt ministers to a debate in public in Male’ to show that the Maldives does not need to go down this road.


Mark Berman
Earth Island Institute

Mark Berman

Mark Berman is an Associate Director at the Earth Island Institute, International Marine Mammal Project and also is the Director, Dolphin-Safe Tuna Monitoring Program.

Mark Berman joined Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project in 1991, and currently serves as Director of the International Monitoring Program for Dolphin Safe Tuna. With teams in 17 countries and the cooperation of over 370 companies, Berman works with the European Dolphin Safe Monitoring Organization to promote and license the registered dolphin-safe logo. Established to identify canned tuna processors, retailers and importers in the EU and other regions worldwide working in compliance, he campaigns to end fisheries unsafe to dolphins and stop whaling in Japan.

International Dolphin Safe Monitoring Program


5 Responses to Mark Berman – Earth Island Institute: writes to ECOCARE “Don’t Cage Dolphins” campaign

  1. Humay says:

    Thank you Mr Berman.

  2. Ismail Mohamed says:

    quite hypocritical considering you sell the dolphin safe tuna labels to companies in singapore, china where dolphin parks are abundant and even JAPAN (where did the cove go???) .. i dont understand what you are actually looking for when you approve these dolphin safe labels. And what good has these “2 million” signatures against japan achieved?

  3. Alexi says:

    Mark, you should get your facts straight. Does the dolphin safe label mean that tuna is caught in a dolphin friendly way or that a country has dolphin programs.

    I mean if one were linked to the other how come your institute is still providing the labels to many countries in the world that have dolphins in captivity but most of all

    How come you still provide them to a company in Japan?! A country that kills dolphins for food and that you have gathered so many signatures against. For all I know they are even canning dolphin meat.

    So how dolphin safe is Japan the I ask you.

    In your arguments you are not providing any facts just pure sentimental fiction.

  4. Roatan says:

    In  your arguments you are not  providing any facts  just pure sentimental  you are the cove  is  bs

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