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 4th Coordination Meeting

The CleanAtlantic consortium met in Vigo (Spain) on the 7th and 8th of May to host the 4th Coordination Meeting. The meeting consisted of a 2-day event in which partners[…]

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CleanAtlantic Workshop: Advances in Monitoring and modelling marine litter

CleanAtlantic is organising the workshop “Advances in Monitoring and Modelling of marine litter” that will take place on the 9th May in the CETMAR facilities, in Vigo( Spain). The workshop[…]

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New postdoctoral position in the Marine Institute

The Marine institute is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher on Ocean Modelling. The successful candidate will work within the Oceanographic Services team as a Postdoctoral Researcher, with main responsibility for delivering[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

2ª Conferência Portuguesa sobre Lixo Marinho

The APLM (Associação Portuguesa de Lixo Marinho) is organizing, with the support of MARE – Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences, the 2nd Portuguese Conference on Marine Litter. It will[…]

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OceanObs’19, An Ocean of Oportunity, seeks to improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system, for better understanding the environment of the Earth, monitoring[…]

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Workshop nacional “Retos Atlánticos”

El Workshop Nacional “Retos Atlánticos” organizado por el Plan de Acción del Atlántico, tendrá lugar el próximo Viernes, 27 de septiembre de 2019 en el Parador Nacional de Baiona, Baiona (Pontevedra, España).[…]

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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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