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 is conceived as a cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder event to advance in the management of marine litter, gathering public authorities, research institutes, private sector and environmental organizations. It is organised[…]

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Radiografía de la basura marina en el Mediterráneo español

La basura marina es un problema creciente en el Mar Mediterráneo, pero pocos estudios se han centrado en su composición, distribución espacial y evolución temporal. Ahora, un nuevo trabajo revela[…]

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The potential of satellite data in mapping marine litter hotspots

On the 23-25 January, CleanAtlantic participated on the Atlantic from Space Workshop in the NOC premises, in Southampton, UK that was organised by the European Space Agency (ESA). The workshop[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

MARLICE 2019 – International forum on marine litter and circular economy

The international forum on marine litter will take place in Seville, Spain, on the 10-12 April 2019. The Forum is conceived as a cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder event to advance in[…]

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Plastic in the aquatic environment: observing and explaining where it comes from and where it goes?” Session at the EGU General Assembly

The EGU General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of[…]

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Living Planet Symposium 2019

The 2019 Living Planet Symposium is held every three years, and this year will take place on 13–17 May in Milan, Italy. The Symposium is organised with the support of[…]

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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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