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

Our 2nd newsletter is already available!

Check out our 2nd newsletter, in which you will learn about the project progress on the different tasks and activities carried out in the last four months (from May to[…]

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Microplastics can spread via flying insects, research shows

Photograph: Al-Jaibachi et al/Biology Letters: Fluorescent microplastics (bright green) are visible inside an adult mosquito. The particles can then spread to animals that eat the insects.  Microplastic can escape from[…]

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Marine litter: a new source of warming gases

Young researcher Sarah-Jeanne Royer set out to measure methane gas coming from biological activity in sea water. Instead, in a “happy accident” she found that the plastic bottles holding the[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

CleanAtlantic will attend the European Week of Regions and Cities

The CleanAtlantic project has been invited to attend the European Week of Regions and Citities. The project will be presented in the exhibition “Made in Interreg: A Journey into Transnational Cooperation”. […]

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10th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (ICMB-X)

The Society for the Study of Marine Bioinvasions and the Grupo de Ecología en Ambientes Costeros  invites you to participate in the 10th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (ICMB-X), in Puerto Madryn (Patagonia Argentina,[…]

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World circular economy forum – Japan 2018

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan and Sitra are proud to host the 2nd World Circular Economy Forum in Yokohama, Japan on 22-24 October 2018. WCEF presents the world’s[…]

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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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