Discovery Bay committee says dolphins polluting bay, stages protest


ST ANN, Jamaica — Members of the Discovery Bay Community Development Committee this morning staged a protest at the Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay, St Ann over what they say is the pollution of the bay by dolphins.

The committee claims that the dolphins being held at the Dolphin Cove adjacent to the beach are producing some 30 pounds of waste daily, contaminating the bay.

There has been an ongoing tussle between the committee and the Guardsman Group, which operates Puerto Seco Beach, over public rights to the beach as well as animal rights.

The committee, which opposed the construction of the new dolphinarium, had claimed that Discovery Bay is a fish sanctuary and excrement from dolphins will not be quickly washed out into the open sea, posing a health threat to swimmers.

It had lost its battle in the Supreme Court in June against the operators of the attraction and four State entities involved in the granting of beach licences and environmental permits.