BMAPA has published its sixth annual Sustainable Development report, building on the strategy first published in 2006. More →
BMAPA has launched a Biodiversity Action Plan strategy for the marine aggregate sector.... More →
BMAPA is now publishing active dredging zone charts showing where its members operate. More →
BMAPA and The Crown Estate have published their 14th annual Area Involved report. More →
Welcome to BMAPA
This is the website for the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) - the representative trade body for the British marine aggregate industry. 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 and much more.
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 an area of less than 1 per cent (0.15%) of the UK seabed, providing around 20 per cent of sand and gravel sales in England and 48 per cent in Wales. Marine dredged sand and gravel also provide a strategic role in supplying large scale coast defence and beach replenishment projects - over 38 million tonnes being used for this purpose since 1990. Looking forwards, marine aggregate resources are expected to play a key role in supporting the successful delivery of major infrastructure projects associated with Government policies related to energy security and climate change.