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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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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CleanAtlantic in the Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics 2020

The 52nd Liège Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics – Towards understanding and assessing human impacts on coastal marine environments, will take place in Liège, Belgium on the 25th to 29th May 2020. The[…]

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Upcoming Events

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


12th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference moves to 2022 The 12th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference will be held in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). This conference is dedicated to provide the rich and thought-provoking scientific programs[…]

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Due to the uncertainties in travel restrictions and the safety of in-person meetings for the next months, the Microplastics 2021 conference is officially postponed to 2022. The new dates are[…]

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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 €


46 months, September 2017 – June 2021


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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