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

CleanSea Stakeholder Workshop in the Netherlands – measures for a sea without waste

CleanSea researchers from the Netherlands organised a Stakeholder Workshop in June 2014. The aim of the workshop was to identify building blocks for the CleanSea Roadmap to address marine litter. In order to stimulate the discussion, the researchers presented the first CleanSea results highlighting innovative public policy measures, stakeholder best practices and effective financial instruments.

CleanSea team publishes paper on marine litter economics

Economic instruments and marine litter control
Authors: Frans Oosterhuisa, Elissaios Papyrakisa and Benjamin Botelerd


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.


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