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

KIMO newsletter devoted to CleanSea

You can download the newsletter here

Nederlandse vissers actief in het internationale CleanSea project

Tien Nederlandse vissersschepen starten in januari in het internationale onderzoek “CleanSea” naar de vervuiling van Europese zeeën en de Oceaan. Met behulp van de tien vissersschepen en hun bemanningen zullen gegevens worden verstrekt over de omvang en de plaats van de verontreiniging op de Noordzee. Het afval dat zij naar wal brengen wordt nauwkeurig gewogen, geanalyseerd en verwerkt in de rapportage van CleanSea aan de EU commissie.

Barcelona hosts European researchers on marine litter impacts

On 23rd and 24th January, the Catalan Waste Agency (ACR) hosts the CleanSea project meeting, an interdisciplinary project from the EU 7th Framework Programme which counts with EUCC Mediterranean Centre as partner in Barcelona.

Marine Worms and Micro-Plastics. Radio interview with Tamara Galloway

Micro-plastic - tiny particles of plastic, ground up to sizes from a millimetre to very much smaller - have recently been found contaminating the oceans to a disturbing degree, and scientists are very concerned on their impact on sea life. Tamara Galloway, Professor of Ecotoxicology at the University of Exeter in England, and her group, have been studying the potential impact of micro-plastic that settles into sea-floor sediment on marine worms.

The Ocean of Tomorrow Projects (2010-2013).Joint Research Forces to Meet Challenges in Ocean Management

The European Commission published the brochure The Ocean of Tomorrow Projects (2010-2013). Joint Research Forces to Meet Challenges in Ocean Management, where CleanSea and other FP7 projects are described.

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