The Crown EstateThe Crown Estate has joined forces with BMAPA and English Heritage to support the marine aggregate industry Protocol for the Reporting of Finds of Archaeological Interest. The Crown Estate has confirmed that it will jointly fund implementation of the Protocol with BMAPA for the next three years. The Protocol Implementation Service has been run by Wessex Archaeology since 2005, making us the first point of contact for wharf and vessel staff when they make archaeological discoveries. Aggregate areas are thoroughly investigated before a dredging licence is granted, but the Protocol provides an all-important safety net for stray artefacts and previously unrecognised sites. All discoveries made by BMAPA companies are reported through the Protocol, allowing them to be fully investigated, conserved and curated. As well as the Implementation Service, there is an ongoing Awareness Programme supported by English Heritage through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF). The Awareness Programme provides aggregate industry staff with advice and training on archaeological discoveries, and includes the Protocol newsletter, Dredged Up. Support for the Protocol from the Crown Estate, BMAPA and English Heritage confirms the value of the Protocol to those working in the marine aggregates industry, whilst the continuing stream of discoveries reported by BMAPA companies shows just how effective the Protocol has been over the past four years.