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).

, 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

Bacterial Community Profiling of Plastic Litter in the Belgian Part of the North Sea

Bacteria can use plastic as transport vehicle and survive in environments where they are normally not detected, proofs a CleanSea study by ILVO published in "Environmental Science & Technology". You can download here the article.

Cleaning up the marine litter that pollutes our oceans

Horizon 2020 interviews CleanSea project coordinator
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/cleaning-marine-litte...

The sea is an important resource for us all. We rely on it for much of our diet. In many cases, our livelihoods depend on it. Robust marine ecosystems are vital both for a healthy planet and also for general human wellbeing.

CleanSea onderzoekt de mariene bacteriën op plastic zwerfvuil

Eens de reddingsboot veilig op dek stond, kon de Simon Stevin uitvaren op weg naar de Thorntonbank. Vandaag werd daar een nieuwe constructie uitgezet door de ILVO-wetenschappers in de nabijheid van de windmolens. Caroline De Tender onderzoekt in haar doctoraat de microbiële gemeenschappen aanwezig op sediment, zeewater en plastic zwerfvuil uit het Belgisch deel van de Noordzee. Onder de vleugels van het ILVO Genomics platform en het CleanSea project wordt de dynamiek van bacteriële populaties op plastic zwerfvuil in de Noordzee ontrafeld.


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