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

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.

CleanSea consortium meets in Amsterdam to share preliminary results and prepare roadmap for clean seas

The CleanSea Project team met at IVM-VU University Amsterdam on 28 and 29 January 2015, marking the end of the second project year. Preliminary results were presented and discussed among project partners, who left the meeting prepared for the work to be done in the final year of the project (project runs January 2013 to December 2015).

A Circular Economy for a Clean Sea (and more)


Heather A. Leslie, PhD,  CleanSea Project Coordinator

Speech at the European Parliament at Seas at Risk Symposium. Brussels, 4th November 2014

How can practice examples contribute to the reduction and management of marine litter in Germany?

This was the central question of the last CleanSea Baltic Sea stakeholders workshop celebrated on 14th November at Ecologic Institute in Berlin.

Stakeholders from German administration, industry, scientific community and environmental NGOs, together with the project team of CleanSea focused their discussion on the added value of practice examples in relation to current policies and management approaches.

Green Deals for a clean sea and clean beaches: the new Dutch export product?

CleanSea researchers are currently analyzing the Dutch Green Deals approach in terms of its (potential) effectiveness. They also aim to explore whether this approach can be exported to other EU member states. Major sources of marine litter are shipping, fishing, and recreation activities. To tackle the waste problems in these sectors, the Dutch government is pioneering its so-called Green Deals approach. These deals are based on voluntary commitments of stakeholders to take concrete measures, with the government in a facilitating role.

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