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, the International Forum on Marine Litter and Circular Economy, was held in Seville on the past 10th-12th April, gathering public authorities, research institutes, private sector and environmental organizations. It[…]

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Convocatoria de dos plazas de Titulado Superior en el Centro Oceanográfico de Vigo (IEO)

El Instituto Español de Oceanografía, en su sede de Vigo, ha anunciado la publicación de 2 plazas de Titulado Superior para trabajar en el proyecto CleanAtlantic. Para más información por[…]

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Entrevista al equipo del IEO en CleanAtlantic

Hoy, 4 de agosto de 2019, se publica en la Voz de Galicia la entrevista a nuestros compañeros del IEO de Vigo, acerca de su participación en los proyectos relacionados[…]

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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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