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 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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CleanAtlantic at the MAC & NWWAC Workshop on Marine Plastics and the Seafood Supply Chain

CleanAtlantic was invited to participate on the MAC & NWWAC Workshop on Marine Plastics and the Seafood Supply Chain, organised by the Market Advisory Council and the North Western Waters Advisory[…]

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New postdoctoral position in the Marine Institute

The Marine institute is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher on Ocean Modelling. The successful candidate will work within the Oceanographic Services team as a Postdoctoral Researcher, with main responsibility for delivering[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020

The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger oceanconnected community. The OSM 2020 co-sponsored by AGU, the Association for the Sciences of[…]

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International Coastal Symposium (ICS2020)

The International Coastal Symposium (ICS2020), to be held from Monday  20th April to  Thursday 23rd of 2020 at Hotel Alfonso XIII in the city of Seville, Spain. This is the first time[…]

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International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region

​This symposium aims for exchanges of views and to inform about the threat of plastic to ocean life and possible reactions.​ It will be held in Reykjavik (Iceland) on the 21–23 April[…]

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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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