The Locations

Newhaven, East Sussex, and The Needles Spoil Ground, Isle of Wight, are the two main sites where sea burial is allowed to take place in England. There is a third site near Tynemouth, Northumberland, but according to the Marine and Fisheries Agency (phone conversation 18/03/10), this third site is only to be used if there is no chance of using the other two designated areas.

Due to the small possibility of the body being returned to shore by strong currents, or being trawled up by commercial fishing nets, these specific sites have been chosen very carefully and designated for this purpose.