SEACLEAR

Today's oceans contain 26-66 million tons of waste, with approximately 94% located on the seafloor. So far, collection efforts have focused mostly on surface waste, with only a few local efforts to gather underwater waste, always using human divers. No solution exists that exploits autonomous robots for underwater litter collection; the SeaClear project will develop the first.

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SeaClear featured in BayFOR

Plastic bag floating in the ocean

The SeaClear project has been featured on the website of the Bavarian Reseach Alliance (BayFOR):

https://www.bayfor.org/en/projects/projects-with-thematic-filter/seaclear.html

BayFOR is an organization with the aim of supporting Bavaria as a center for science and innovation within the European Research Area.

Marine litter clean-up action in Brijesta bay

Divers at the Brijesta Bay, collecting litter
Divers at the Brijesta Bay, collecting litter
On July 11th 2020, the University of Dubrovnik and Regional Agency DUNEA participated in a marine litter clean-up action in Mali Ston Bay. This event has been organized by Dubrovnik Neretva County Public Institution for Nature Protection, as part of the ECOSS project. The exact demo site was Brijesta bay on Pelješac peninsula. Besides being the location with highly developed mariculture production, this site also falls under the area of the largest ecological network in the world – European ecological network Natura 2000.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 871295.

The SEACLEAR project spans four years, running from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2023.

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