National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) protects marine mammals in New South Wales. From time to time whale carcasses may wash ashore as part of their natural life cycle. As a central advisory service and subject matter experts, National Parks and Wildlife Service will provide support and advice to other land managers when they need to deal with deceased whales on their land.
Land managers responsible for deceased whales
Land managers are responsible for managing deceased whales on the land they manage. In New South Wales, local councils, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Lands and the Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) generally manage this land.
Practical guidance to help land managers and the community
We have compiled a flowchart and checklists that may be useful for land managers coordinating the disposal of whale carcasses on their lands.