A good practice guideline report has been produced by the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association, the representative body for the marine aggregate sector in the UK, together with the Crown Estate. The report entitled “Good Practice Guidance: Extraction by Dredging of Aggregates from England’s Seabed” aims to support industry carry out marine aggregate extraction in a sustainable manner. The UK has the world’s largest marine aggregate industry and the sector is playing an increasingly important role in the providing materials needed for construction. Within the UK industry is regulated by the Marine Management Organisation through the marine licensing process, and also managed by The Crown Estate, in their capacity as owner of non-energy minerals on the seabed. The Marine Management Organisation along with other government organisations Defra, Natural England, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Historic England and The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) were involved in the production of this guidance document. The document contains an overview of the marine aggregate industry as well as:
- environmental assessment
- mitigation and management methods
Of particular interest to marine planners is a chapter on Mineral Planning Policy and other Planning Provisions. The document is available for download here.