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

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 Workshop: Advances in tackling marine litter issues

The partners of the CleanAtlantic project participated on the 4th December on a Technical workshop focussed on the reviewing the advances in the fight of marine litter in the Atlantic[…]

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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.

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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Microplastics 2022

The Microplastics 2022 conference will take place from 6 to 11 November, 2022 at the Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland. The goal is to have an in-presence conference,[…]

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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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