Marine aggregate extraction

Marine aggregate

Marine aggregate, such as sand and gravel, is a finite resource and must be sustainably managed to ensure supplies are still available for future generations. Marine aggregate can be used as construction material, for land reclamation or beach replenishment. Most of the extraction takes place in the Bristol Channel, Severn Estuary and off the North Wales coast.

Marine aggregate extraction can have impacts on the environment such as on benthic ecology and fish. Careful planning and siting of sites is essential to avoid and minimise impacts.

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If you are considering marine aggregate extraction in Welsh waters, please get in touch with us at an early stage marine.area.advice@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

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