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 at the Atlantic Area events

Atlantic Area Annual Event On the 22nd October, the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme organised its annual event “Blue innovation: main engine for sustainable growth in the Atlantic Area”, in Vigo,[…]

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New publication on microplastics in marine fauna

The Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) has published a new paper in the Journal Marine Pollution Bulletin on: Microplastics in the stomach contents of common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) stranded on the[…]

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The Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s vote on the legislative proposal to reduce impact of certain plastic products on the environment

The European Parliament has endorsed today the initiative to tackle marine litter at its source, targeting the 10 plastic products that most often end up in the oceans, as well as lost[…]

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Upcoming Events

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

MICRO 2018 Fate and Impact of Microplastics: Knowledge, Actions and Solutions

Building upon the stimulating work shared during MICRO 2016. Fate and Impact of Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems: From the Coastline to the Open Sea, we are delighted to invite the scientific community[…]

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Conama 2018

Del 26 al 29 de noviembre de 2018 se celebra la 14ª edición del Congreso Nacional del Medio Ambiente. Los comités técnicos formados por agentes de todo el sector ambiental[…]

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Workshop Technologies for observing and monitoring plastics in the oceans

An IEEE OES event 26-27 November 2018 – Pôle Numérique – Brest, FRANCE. The event will assess the potential forscience and technology to address the mounting global plastic challenge. 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 €


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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