Sustainable development and the sea

Marine Aggregates

AGGREGATE – SAND, GRAVEL AND CRUSHED ROCK – contributes greatly to our quality of life. The strength we draw from this vital natural resource gives us our homes, schools, hospitals, offices as well as supporting the maintenance and development of essential transport and energy infrastructure.

The marine aggregate industry is one of the UK’s key suppliers of sand and gravel. In a typical year, over 20 million tonnes of marine aggregate are dredged from a total licensed area which represents 0.08 per cent of the UK seabed, providing over 20 per cent of the sand and gravel supply in England and Wales.

The industry also makes a strategic contribution to national coastal defence programmes.



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