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Disposal of Fish Waste Disposal of Fish Waste

It is the policy of Region 2 to review proposed discharges of fish wastes into ocean waters to ensure that the action is protective of human health and the environment. This review would commence only after it has been demonstrated by the fish waste generator that there is no other practicable disposal alternative available to them. No ocean disposal permit is required for the transportation or the disposal in ocean waters of fish wastes unless such disposal occurs in:

  • (i) Harbors or other protected or enclosed coastal waters; or
  • (ii) Any other location where EPA finds that such disposal may reasonably be anticipated to endanger health, the environment or ecological systems.

In order to determine if a Permit or Letter of Permission is necessary, Region 2 must first determine if the proposed material constitutes a "fish waste" under Section 102(d) of the Ocean Dumping Act, 33 U.S.C. Part 1412(d) and the regulations promulgated there under at 40 C.F.R. Part 220. Consultation then will take place with the applicable Federal and State regulatory and resource agencies, and fisheries council, to identify any areas of concern with respect to the disposal area/activity. Persons wishing to dispose of fish wastes in the ocean may be requested to submit specific dilution modeling in support of the proposed disposal and participate in monitoring to verify the results of the modeling.

If Region 2 concludes that the material proposed for ocean disposal is not expected to harm the marine environment if discharged discriminantly, the Region may grant permission to dispose of  fish waste at sea in accordance certain terms and conditions as set forth in the appropriate Letter of Permission or Permit.

In order to facilitate the review of proposed disposal of fish wastes within ocean waters, the following information must be submitted to Region 2, in writing, in a timely manner. The submission of this information does not imply that additional information may not be requested by Region 2, as necessary.







(provide both upland and waterside facility information, as necessary) -

COMPREHENSIVE DISCUSSION OF ALTERNATIVES TO OCEAN DISPOSAL - this must include a discussion of the status of the applicable Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).

FISH WASTE - include all constituents of the waste proposed for disposal. This should include information on the type of water (fresh, salt); size of solids; whether or not the waste will be treated prior to disposal; chemicals added before, during or after processing or disposal; processing wastewater flow/load rates in Gallons Per day (GPD) Average, 100,000 GPD Maximum, Million Gallons Per Year (MGY) at ____/_____ Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)/Total Suspended (non-filterable) Solids (TSS).

DISPOSAL SITE - include drawing and precise location information including size of site, shape of site, Latitude/Longitude coordinates, distance from shore, depth of water, current velocities (if known), resources of concern, etc.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF REQUESTED ACTIVITY - include information on the frequency of disposal, type of vessel used to transport waste, maximum gallons discharged per trip, rate of discharges, depth below surface of discharge, anticipated forward speed of vessels prior to initiation of disposal, discharge/tow vessels precision navigation equipment, etc.

For more information, please contact:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
Dredged Material Management Team
Patricia Pechko, 212-637-3796
290 Broadway
New York, New York 10007-1866

For information on this page, contact: pechko.patricia@epamail.epa.gov


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