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

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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CleanAtlantic muestra a los estudiantes del CEIP Virxe do Rocío de Vigo la problemática de las basuras marinas

Los alumnos del CEIP Virxe do Rocío de Bouzas, en Vigo, visitaron el pasado jueves día 11 las instalaciones del Centro Tecnológico del Mar (Fundación CETMAR) para conocer de primera[…]

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Students from Sesimbra (Portugal) collaborated with CleanAtlantic conducting marine litter monitoring activities

Students from Sesimbra (Portugal) conducted a marine litter monitoring under CleanAtlantic project Twenty-seven students from Castelo Middle School (6th grade) from Sesimbra (Portugal), have  conducted a marine litter monitoring action on Moinho de[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

Living Planet Symposium 2019

The 2019 Living Planet Symposium is held every three years, and this year will take place on 13–17 May in Milan, Italy. The Symposium is organised with the support of[…]

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European Maritime Day 2019

EMD is the annual EU meeting point on the maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders. The event and exhibition will take place on[…]

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XV International Estuarine Biogeochemistry Symposium – IEBS 2019

Estuaries and bays, located at the land-ocean interface, receive large quantities of nutrients and organic carbon from runoff thus supporting high rates of primary production and playing a major ecological[…]

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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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