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

New paper published by CleanSea partner University of Exeter: Uptake and Retention of Microplastics by the Shore Crab Carcinus maenas

Source: Andrew J. R. Watts, Ceri Lewis, Rhys M. Goodhead, Stephen J. Beckett, Julian Moger, Charles R. Tyler, and Tamara S. Galloway
Environ. Sci. Technol., 2014, 48 (15), pp 8823–8830
DOI: 10.1021/es501090e


CleanSea findings 5.1. Institutional and legal gaps and barriers to prevent reduce and clean up marine litter

You can download here the fact sheet gathering main findings of this CleanSea task.

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.


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