Marine Litter in European Seas – Social Awareness and Co-Responsibility (MARLISCO)

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MARLISCO’s overarching goal is to raise public awareness, facilitate dialogue and promote co-responsibility among different actors towards a joint vision for the sustainable management of marine litter across all European seas. MARLISCO activities have been implemented take place in the four European regional seas: North-East Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Sea, and have been implemented by a consortium of members located in 15 coastal countries.

Involved countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, the United Kingdom.

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Healthy Seas – A Journey from Waste to Wear

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Healthy Seas is a cross-sector initiative created by three founders – one NGO and two enterprises – that have joined forces to tackle the problem of marine litter. The main objective of the Healthy Seas initiative is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter from the seas, for the purpose of recycling these into textile products.

Involved countries: Italy, the Netherlands, ECNC Group.

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Project GHOST

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The GHOST project, co-funded under the LIFE + Biodiversity Instrument of the European Union, promotes concrete measures to reduce the impacts of ALDFG (abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear) and to improve the biodiversity of rocky habitats in the coastal areas of the northern Adriatic Sea. Main objectives:

  • To demonstrate methods and best practices useful at preserving a good ecological status in the rocky habitats in northern Adriatic Sea.
  • To assess the impact of ALDFG on biodiversity.
  • To estimate the economic value of the ecosystem benefits resulting from ALDFG removal/reduction.

Involved countries: Italy.

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Development of Innovative Tools for Understanding Marine Biodiversity and Assessing Good Environmental Status (DEVOTES)

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DEVOTES Project (2012-2016) aims at improving the understanding of human activities impacts (cumulative, synergistic, and antagonistic) and variations due to climate change on marine biodiversity, using long-term series (pelagic and benthic). A major aim of DEVOTES is to test the indicators proposed by the EC, and develop new ones for the assessment at the level of species, habitats and ecosystems, for the status classification of marine waters, integrating the indicators into a unified assessment of the biodiversity and the cost-effective implementation of the indicators (i.e. by defining monitoring and assessment strategies).

Involved countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom.

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7e Continent Expedition

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Sponsored by the Society of French Explorers and in partnership with NES, NASA and NOAA, the mission of the 7e Continent Expedition consists of going to the area with a sailing boat equipped with an Argos beacon in order to localise and follow the mission vessel live, and publicise the progression in the gyre. The 7e Continent Expedition aims to raise public awareness of this problem. The project team intends to create a documentary about the entire expedition and the media (radio, TV…) will follow it during the important stages.

Involved countries: France.

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Tara Expeditions

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Tara Expeditions organizes voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world's oceans. Tara Expeditions is a French non-profit organization active since 2003 in favour of the environment. A legendary boat built for extreme conditions, Tara is the platform for high-level scientific research missions.

Involved countries: France.

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Removal of Marine Litter from Europe's Four Regional Seas (MARELITT)

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MARELITT is an EU-funded project, aiming at identifying good practices for the removal of litter and derelict fishing gear from the sea. After assessing existing marine litter removal projects in Europe’s four regional seas, MARELITT is supporting seven organisations in setting up their marine litter removal or derelict fishing gear removal projects. The experience gained through this process is gathered in the MARELITT Toolkit.

Involved countries: Belgium, Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC), EUCC for Healthy Sea and Coast, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, the United Kingdom.

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Biotechnical Solutions for the Degradation of Synthetic Polymeric Materials (BIOCLEAN)

Project at a glancebio-clean

BIOCLEAN is a European funded project under the FP7 programme. BIOCLEAN includes 19 partners from nine different and widely distributed European countries and one from China. BIOCLEAN intends to find smart and robust biotechnological solutions for the degradation and detoxification of:

  • Plastic waste existing landfills,
  • Plastic fragments entering waste composting and anaerobic digesters,
  • Plastic fragments occurring in marine habitats, thus contributing to mitigate the current impact of plastics in marine ecosystems.

Involved countries: Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Switzerland.

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PlasticsEurope – Plastics’ Industry’s Initiative for the Protection of Our Seas and Oceans

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PlasticsEurope is the only European trade association headquartered in Brussels with representatives across all European Union’s 27 member states. PlasticsEurope has developed close partnerships with sister associations that represent the European plastics manufacturing chain, which includes 50,000 converters and over 1,000 machinery manufacturers as well. PlasticsEurope is the official voice of the European plastics manufacturers.

Involved countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom.

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Marine Litter Watch (MLW)

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MLW aims to collect data on marine litter on beaches relevant for the MSFD to support official monitoring, with the help of interested citizens and communities. It also allows the collection of data from non-official initiatives such as clean-ups. MLW builds on the MSFD monitoring guidelines developed by the Technical Group on Marine Litter, a group of experts established to support the MSFD implementation.

Involved countries: N/A

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