Tackling Marine Litter in the Atlantic Area


CleanAtlantic aims to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic Area by improving capabilities to monitor, prevent and remove marine litter

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This section describes the main CleanAtlantic working streams, detailing their specific objectives, activities and expected results

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List of project partner institutions and associated partners, including a general description of each institution, staff involved and contact details

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Latest News

The latest news about marine litter and the CleanAtlantic project progress

Entrevista a nuestros compañeros de la USC en La Voz de Galicia

Nuestros compañers Daniel Garaboa y Sara Cloux, de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC), fueron entrevistados por la Voz de Galicia el pasado 21 de mayo. A continuación el[…]

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CleanAtlantic in MARLICE 2019

MARLICE, the International Forum on Marine Litter and Circular Economy, was held in Seville on the past 10th-12th April, gathering public authorities, research institutes, private sector and environmental organizations. It[…]

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Convocatoria de dos plazas de Titulado Superior en el Centro Oceanográfico de Vigo (IEO)

El Instituto Español de Oceanografía, en su sede de Vigo, ha anunciado la publicación de 2 plazas de Titulado Superior para trabajar en el proyecto CleanAtlantic. Para más información por[…]

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Upcoming Events

Information on project events and other external events in the scope of marine litter.

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020

The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger oceanconnected community. The OSM 2020 co-sponsored by AGU, the Association for the Sciences of[…]

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International Coastal Symposium (ICS2020)

The International Coastal Symposium (ICS2020), to be held from Monday  20th April to  Thursday 23rd of 2020 at Hotel Alfonso XIII in the city of Seville, Spain. This is the first time[…]

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International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region

​This symposium aims for exchanges of views and to inform about the threat of plastic to ocean life and possible reactions.​ It will be held in Reykjavik (Iceland) on the 21–23 April[…]

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TITLE: Tackling Marine Litter in the Atlantic Area ACRONYM: CleanAtlantic PROGRAMME: Atlantic Area Transnational Program 2014-2020. Priority: Biodiversity, natural and cultural assets


3.249.241,04 €


2.436.930,78 €


36 months, September 2017–August 2020


Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Fundación CETMAR

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The Marine Litter Environmental Threat

• Marine litter covers any solid material (plastic, wood, glass, rubber, etc.) that has been deliberately discarded, or unintentionally lost on beaches, shores or at sea, including materials transported into the marine environment from land by rivers, draining or sewage systems or winds (OSPAR).

• Marine litter is a global concern affecting the oceans and the coast that impacts on marine organisms and ecosystems, threatens human health and safety, and causes economic losses and aesthetic problems.

• Tackling marine litter demands a cross-sectorial and multilevel approach, involving public and private stakeholders as well as NGOs and society.

• Consistent approaches to monitor, record, map and remove marine litter are needed and demand collaborative work and coordination.

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