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

Raising awarenes in PONTECIENCIA

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) in Vigo participated in the Ponteciencia event, a Science dissemination event aimed at children in the University Campus in Pontevedra (Spain) on the 31st[…]

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5th CleanAtlantic Coordination meeting in Galway

On the 2nd and 3th December, the Marine Institute (Galway, Ireland) hosted the 5th coordination meeting gathering all CleanAtlantic partners. During the 2-days meeting, partners shared the interesting results achieved[…]

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Fisherman’s Day – CleanAtlantic awards in Sesimbra

It was with commitment and good mood that during the celebrations of the Fisherman’s Day organized by the Municipality of Sesimbra, on May 31st, the students of Escola Básica do[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

3rd International Conference on Environmental Science and Applications (ICESA’22)

The 3rd International Conference on Environmental Science and Applications (ICESA’22) will be delivered in October 24, 2022, in-person in Seoul, South Korea, and virtually, providing the opportunity of online presentation for the[…]

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Microplastics 2022

The Microplastics 2022 conference will take place from 6 to 11 November, 2022 at the Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland. The goal is to have an in-presence conference,[…]

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9th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference

The 9th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference will be taking place on the 1st & 2nd December and it will be at the Palacio de Congresos de Cadiz, in Cadiz, Spain.[…]

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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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