Burials at Sea - More Information
Permits are Required – Monterey County Regulations
For sea burials offshore of Monterey County, you will need to go to the Monterey County Health Department (1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA) where the health department personnel will fill out the "Application and Permit for Disposition of Human Remains". For planning purposes, here is a sample application that shows the information you'll need to provide. The fee for that permit is $19.00. For more information see the Vital Records Services section of the Monterey County Health Department website or call (831) 755-4500 and ask for "vital records, burial at sea". To conduct a burial at sea, we are required to make sure you have obtained a permit.
When the deceased is cremated, the facility handling the cremation will ask the responsible party what the final disposition will be. The permit will state where the burial will take place. Usually it will say "At sea off Monterey County, CA."
For deaths that occurred in California, the cremated remains will be accompanied by this permit. We will provide you with the coordinates where the scattering of ashes takes place, and we will fill out the form and return it to the authorities as required.
If the death occurred outside of California, the cremated remains might not be accompanied by any paperwork. However, a permit will still need to be issued from Monterey County. Often, families hold the cremains of one person until the mate passes away, then the ashes of both are scattered together. This is a sweet thing to do, but cremains that have been stored must be accompanied by a recently issued permit for burial at sea.
Rates and Additional Information
Our rates for burial at sea are very reasonable. They are $350 for up to two hours burial at sea on Beachhopper II (up to 10 passengers) as our schedule permits. Additional charges are $130 per hour for each additional hour., we have more options. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-234-8445 if you have questions. We will help make this final remembrance everything you have in mind.
Flowers and petals can be scattered on the water as part of the burial at sea ceremony, but balloons and styrofoam are not permitted, as such items cause harm to Marine Life.
Visit the www.beachhopper2.com to learn more details about about the boat used for burials at sea.
You will also need to go in person to the Monterey County Health Department office, where the health department personnel will fill out the "Application and Permit for Disposition of Human Remains". You'll need to bring a copy of the completed form along when you board the boat. If you're shipping the cremains via mail for unattended scattering at sea, please include the"Authorization for Burial At Sea" in the shipping container.