"The East Coast Regional Environmental Characterisation (REC) is a multidisciplinary marine study encompassing the geology, biology and archaeology of an extensive area of the seabed off the coasts of Norfolk and Suffolk. The aim of the East Coast Regional Environmental Characterisation (REC) was to develop a broad understanding of the habitats and areas of archaeological interest present in the east coast region, and to provide an insight into the processes that influence them. This involved acquisition of high quality geophysical and biological datasets which were then used to produce interpreted outputs that have enabled the assessment of the regional influence and significance of aggregate extraction activities. The East Coast REC study was led by Cefas with British Geological Survey (BGS), Marine Ecological Surveys (MES) Ltd, Envision and Wessex Archaeology as partners in the study. The study was funded by the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF) and commissioned by the Marine Environment Protection Fund (MEPF). "