Welcome to CleanSea

We create a lot of stuff – we create a lot of waste – and we create marine litter. Packaging, bottles and cans, fishing gear, industrial plastics, cigarette butts and all sort of waste populate our oceans and seas impacting environment (e.g. through ingestion or entanglement), economy (e.g. fisheries and tourism) and society (e.g. human health by introduction through the food chain).

CleanSea
, a large European research project, aims to provide instruments and tools to keep European seas clean, healthy and productive. For doing so, it is improving the knowledge and understanding of marine litter composition, distribution and impact in order to identify strategies and right mix of measures to abate this problem.

CleanSea News

No summer holidays for CleanSea: KIMO's promotion activities in markets and exhibitions

Several times per year, especially in the summertime, does KIMO Nederland en België receive several requests from various fisheries organizations to participate in some kind of  seafood  festivals, fishery markets or fairs relating to the fisheries. These fairs and fishery markets take place in fishing places/ports along the coast of the Netherlands.

Maritime by Holland Magazine highlights CleanSea project

Maritime by Holland Magazine has published an article on marine litther, highlighting CleanSea as an important initiative in the Netherlands. Fishing for Litter by KIMO is also covered by this new.
You can download it here.

Microplastics lodge in crab gills and guts

Source: ScienceNews
Crabs sop up microplastic pollution via their food and gills, researchers have found in a laboratory study. The tiny particles can lodge in the crustaceans’ bodies for weeks. Crabs become the first marine creature known to trap microplastics in their respiratory systems.

Marine bacteria are able to colonize plastic litter, but are they also able to have plastic for lunch?

The Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) in Belgium is investigating the marine bacteria which are able to colonize and survive in the grooves and cracks on the surface of plastic litter collected in the seawater and on beaches. Innovative techniques are used for the identification of the bacteria to obtain a global view on the microbial communities living on plastic debris. Floating through the seawater, plastic debris is able to transport bacteria and other invasive species through the oceans.

Could microplastics act as a vector for plastic-associated chemicals such as PCBs through the marine ecosystem?

These days, it is well known that chemical additives in plastic litter will leach out the plastic debris when the plastic is exposed to the salt seawater. In turn, plastic litter and microplastics tend to accumulate organic pollutants such as PCBs and pesticides from the marine environment. Depending on the occurrence, size, density, shape, colour and biofouling, plastic particles could be ingested by marine organisms when mistaken as food. So, the adsorbed pollutants on microplastics may provide an additional risk for the marine ecosystem when plastic particles are ingested.

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