[MARMAM] New publication: A Guide to Composting Marine Animal Mortalities

Keith Matassa kmatassa at pacificmmc.org
Fri Apr 13 15:56:39 PDT 2018

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Dear Colleagues:
My co-authors and I are pleased to announce the availability of a recent publication in the NOAA Greater Atlantic Region Policy Series titled: A Guide to Composting Marine Animal Mortalities.

A series of collaborative pilot projects for composting of marine animal parts and remains were developed in response to ongoing regional marine mammal disposal challenges. This guide outlines the process and recommendations for setting up a composting site or using existing sites to dispose of marine animal remains.


Marine mammal disposal has been problematic for response agencies over the years due to logistical or biological complications.  Routine methods of disposal continuously increased in price, or manpower demands, to properly dispose of biological material to maintain biosecurity.  In 2006, the University of New England's Marine Animal Rescue Center (UNE MARC) collaborated with Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Composting School to develop a project to evaluate composting as a disposal option for marine animal carcasses.  This manual is a result of the years of consultation, collaboration, trials, and operation of the pilot marine animal compost site at UNE.

A PDF copy of the guide can be downloaded from: https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/policyseries/index.php/GARPS/issue/view/15
Mark King, Keith Matassa and Mendy Garron (2018). A Guide to Composting Marine Animal Mortalities. Greater Atlantic Region Policy Series, Vol 18, No1.
Thank you

Keith A. Matassa
Executive Director
Pacific Marine Mammal Center | 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA  92651
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