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

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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New roadmap toward healthier and cleaner oceans adopted by UN Environment and European Commission

Today, UN Environment and the European Commission agreed to deepen  their cooperation through the 2018 Oceans Roadmap 2.0,  addressing in particular the threats of pollution and marine litter, in line with[…]

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Galicia lidera varias iniciativas para combatir la basura marina

Puede que no lo sepa, pero cada vez que come, bebe o incluso respira está tragando plástico. Es cierto que son minúsculas partículas, pero la exposición permanente a ellas puede suponer una amenaza[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

Plastic pollution in marine and coastal environments: sources, effects and mitigation strategies

IV Symposium on the Iberian Atlantic Margin The Symposium on the Atlantic Iberian Margin, with well-established tradition in the scientific community, is successfully organised every three years since 1994.The symposium[…]

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Circular Ocean Dissemination Conference 2018

The Last Circular Ocean Dissemination Conference will take place in Cork, Ireland, on the 4th September 2018. Further details are still to be confirmed, stay tunned for more information in[…]

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Conference: Society and the Sea 2018

The Greenwich Maritime Centre in partnership with National Maritime is pleased to announce its second Society and the Sea conference: “THE VALUES OF THE OCEAN AND COASTS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”[…]

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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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