Balanced Seas was one of four regional projects in England that worked with sea users and interest groups to identify and recommend Marine Conservation Zones to Government. It was a partnership project with the University of Kent, Kent County Council, Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
Balanced Seas covered inshore and offshore UK waters of the Eastern Channel and adjacent areas. It extended from just north of the Suffolk/Essex border, to the Hampshire/Dorset border in the south-west, and included the Thames Estuary and the Solent.
The other projects covered the south-west (Finding Sanctuary), Irish Sea (Irish Sea Conservation Zones) and North Sea (Net Gain).