Today’s oceans contain roughly 25 million tons of plastic waste. Over 90% of all marine litter is located on the seafloor, making it difficult and expensive to collect. Every year, up to 600,000 tones of macroplastics and microplastics enter European seas. While plastic pollution affects all seas across Europe, the Mediterranean is the most affected sea, due to its semi-enclosed basin and the intense human activities taking place on the surrounding coastal areas.
SeaClear2.0 will develop an integrated approach to address the full cycle of marine litter in a way that will help meet the objectives of the Mission to restore, protect and preserve the health of our oceans, seas and waters by 2030, in the context of the Mediterranean sea basin lighthouse of the European Commission.
Reduce pollution from litter in the Mediterranean and beyond
Develop and demonstrate the innovative SeaClear2.0 solution
Demonstrate the collaborative potential between the SeaClear and SeaClear2.0 systems
Engage stakeholders, transfer knowledge and empower citizens
Outline policy recommendations and develop a plan for taking forth SeaClear2.0