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

New publication about microplastic distribution in surface sediments along the Spanish Mediterranean continental shelf

Scientists of the Oceanographic Centers of Vigo and Murcia of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) evaluated the presence of microplastics in the Mediterranean coast in a study they just[…]

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Entrevista a Marisa Fernández, nuestra coordinadora en CleanAtlantic

«Galicia es una zona ejemplar en la lucha contra la basura marina por la masa crítica en investigación y por la concienciación del sector pesquero» Tomada de La Voz de Galicia,[…]

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Participación en la “Jornada de Basuras Marinas en Asturias e Implicación del Sector Pesquero”

CleanAtlantic participó en la “Jornada Basuras Marinas en Asturias e implicación del Sector Pesquero”  que tuvo lugar en Gijón el 1 de junio de 2019. La jornada fue organizada por[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

Oceans 2019

OCEANS 2019 will be held in Marseille, France, on June 17-20. It is the bi-annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates. These industry thought leaders[…]

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2019 IMBeR Open Science Conference

The Future Oceans2 IMBeR Open Science Conference will be held at Le Quartz Congress Centre in Brest, France. The Workshops will take place on the 15-16 June 2019 and the main[…]

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ICES Annual Science Conference 2019

The ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) 2019 will takes place at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers in Gothenburg, Sweden, on the 9-12 September 2019. During the conference hundreds[…]

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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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