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 4th Coordination Meeting

The CleanAtlantic consortium met in Vigo (Spain) on the 7th and 8th of May to host the 4th Coordination Meeting. The meeting consisted of a 2-day event in which partners[…]

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OCEANWISE | Ocean´s Calling Award

The OCEANWISE project is happy to announce the Ocean´s Calling Award. This award aims to promote the creation of ideas and projects of research, development and innovation that present solutions[…]

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CleanAtlantic Workshop: Advances in Monitoring and modelling marine litter

CleanAtlantic is organising the workshop “Advances in Monitoring and Modelling of marine litter” that will take place on the 9th May in the CETMAR facilities, in Vigo( Spain). The workshop[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

MEDCOAST 2019: The 14th International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management & Conservation

The MEDCOAST congress in Marmaris (Turkey) is the fourteenth event of the biennial series that was started in 1993 for contributing to coastal and marine sciences, engineering, management and conservation[…]

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O CEIDA organiza á inauguración da exposición ‘A Mar Asoballada’, nova proposta artística dos colectivos RetoqueRetro e Mar de Fábula, que nesta ocasión contan tamén coas obras de Ars Ciencia[…]

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Workshop on Plastics & the Seafood Supply Chain

Organised and hosted by the North Wester Waters Advisory Council. It will be held at the following address: at rue de la Loi 102, Brussels, on the 7th November. More[…]

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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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