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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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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CleanAtlantic at the OSPAR ICG Marine Litter

The OSPAR Intersessional Correspondence Group on Marine Litter (ICG-ML), that coordinates the OSPAR’s work on Marine Litter, held its last meeting in Reykjavik (Iceland) on the 12-13 June 2019. Our[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

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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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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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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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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