Conservation Commission Chair Calls for Stop to Marine Animal Beach Burials

When the clams and the whale washed up on shores of Revere Beach a few weeks ago, Interim Conservation Chairman Nick Moulaison Sr. gave the okay for everything to be buried on the beach in deep holes.

Now since a dead seal washed up on shore, he’s called for a cease and desist on any beach burials.

“How much more are we going to bury,” Moulaison asked. “We need a better game plan.

Troy Wall, DCR spokesman said prior to burying any sea life at Revere Beach Reservation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) seeks recommendations and guidance from the City of Revere’s Conservation Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Department of Fish and Game (DFG).
Because the 30-foot whale carcass was in a state of advanced decomposition, towing it back out to sea was not a realistic option. Thus, the decision was made to bury the whale 10-plus feet below the beach surface, above the intertidal zone, in accordance with recommendations from NOAA, MassDEP, and the Revere Conservation Commission. It was buried just north of the Massachusetts State Police barracks, following permission from the local Conservation Commission to conduct the operation.
As in past instances, should a similar occurrence arise, such as a large carcass that has decayed beyond the point of transport, the DCR would again seek recommendations and guidance from the local Conservation Commission, NOAA, MassDEP, and/or DFG.
Regarding a formal burial policy, the agency works with local conservation commissions, MassDEP, and NOAA to identify a plan for on-site disposal.
Once buried, carcasses begin to decay overtime, Wall added.

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