The Protocol was produced in response to a Guidance Note written by BMAPA and Historic England, in 2003. The Guidance Note provides practical advice on assessing, evaluating, mitigating and monitoring the impact of marine aggregate dredging on submerged archaeology. It can be downloaded here.
The Guidance Note was informed by previous studies into the impact of offshore dredging, most notably Wenban-Smith’s 2002 ‘Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology on the Seabed’ report. This included a series of maps characterising the known archaeological resource. The maps, and the original report, can be downloaded here.

In 2008 An additional annex was also produced for reporting finds related to aircraft crash site at sea.