CleanAtlantic aims to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Atlantic Area by improving capabilities to monitor, prevent and remove marine litterRead More
This section describes the main CleanAtlantic working streams, detailing their specific objectives, activities and expected resultsRead More
List of project partner institutions and associated partners, including a general description of each institution, staff involved and contact detailsRead More
The latest news about marine litter and the CleanAtlantic project progress
Information on project events and other external events in the scope of marine litter.
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.