Marina Boatyard, in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, has the distinction of being the first dolphin boatyard in Australia to be established in the early 1900s.
The new dolphin boat yard at Marina was established in late September 2016, and was opened for public use in the name Dolphin Boatyard.
Marina is the largest dolphin-breeding facility in the world, and the dolphin-fishing industry is valued at around $15 billion annually.
Dolphins are prized for their beauty and ability to live in water for extended periods of time.
The large number of sea lions that roam the Australian outback are thought to have contributed to the success of the dolphin boat industry.
In an effort to protect marine mammals, the Australian government established a national marine mammal park in 2013, and introduced a series of marine mammal conservation measures including the Endangered Species Act and the Endemic Species Protection Act.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act also restricts commercial fishing to areas of marine protected areas.
However, the marine mammal parks are not without their critics.
A recent survey by the Institute of Marine Sciences found that 80% of marine mammals were negatively impacted by the marine parks, and that the number of dolphins in the waters of Australia was down by around 20% since the beginning of the year.
The dolphins that are bred in Dolphin Boatyards are not sold commercially, but are kept in captivity for their own protection.
According to the ABC, the dolphins at Marinas Dolphin Boat Yard are part of the family.
The dolphin breeding program at Marinos Dolphin Boat yard has been run since the 1940s, and it was originally set up as a rehabilitation facility for the bottlenose dolphins that were once found in the Antarctic.
“They were originally bred as the orphans of mariners who had sunk in the ocean, and there were about 50 of them at the time,” Dr Peter Deakin, the director of Marinas Marine Laboratory, told the ABC.
“In the early 1940s we did this breeding program to try to rescue these mariners, and then in the 1970s the number increased to about 500 dolphins at the facility.”
The dolphins are kept under quarantine for over two years, during which time they are allowed to roam free.
“Dolphins do not have the luxury of freedom,” Deakin said.
“Their freedom is limited to the fact that they are kept with people who are keeping them for their protection and to protect them from predators.”
Dr Deakin also said that the dolphins were treated humanely, with the exception of a few that had been caught with a sharp object.
“Some of them were in really bad condition and we didn’t want to put them in quarantine for that reason,” he said.
Marinas Dolphin boatyard is one of only two marine mammal breeding facilities in the Australian mainland.
The other facility is the Marinas Aquatic Centre in Victoria, which is the second largest marine mammal sanctuary in the country.
Marinos Aquatic Center has been accredited by the World Wildlife Fund for the past four years, and has been recognized by the Australian Government for the rehabilitation of dolphins that have been orphaned in captivity.