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

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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CleanAtlantic in Ciencias de la Tierra ‘19

EhyLab – University of Vigo organised the event “Lecture series on Earth Sciences”. The event was held in the Campus University facilities on 27th November. The objective of this series[…]

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11th CleanAtlantic coodination meeting

On the 1st and 2nd June, CleanAtlantic held its 11th Coordination meeting. This time partners had a face-to-face meeting in the CETMAR facilities in Vigo. The meeting allowed the discussion[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

AAC Workshop _ UN Ocean Conference 2022

Our partners from CPRM Atlantic Arc Commission in collaboration with CCDR Norte, are organising a workshop in the framework of the UN Ocean Conference on 28 June 2022 from 13.15 to[…]

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7th International Marine Debris Conference (7IMDC)

The 7th International Marine Debris Conference (7IMDC) will take place from the 18th to the 23rd of September 2022 in Busan, Republic of Korea. 7IMDC will build on the momentum of[…]

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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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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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