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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 

A PDF copy of the guide can be downloaded from:
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
949-494-3050, Extension #202 (p) | 949-494-2802 (f) |

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates, releases marine 
mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and 

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