EU Marine Litter Database

Marine LitterWatch

Database established by The European Environment Agency. The Marine LitterWatch covers most of the European coastline, but not inland waters/rivers.


The Marine Directors of the European Union (EU), all EU Member States, acceding countries, candidate countries and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries have jointly developed a common strategy for supporting the implementation of Directive 2008/56/EC, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

This report has been prepared by the EC JRC and EMODnet Chemistry Consortium, based on data and information collected through and revised by the TG Litter. This publication is part of a series of technical reports on specific thematic topics, such as Top marine beach litter items in Europe: A review and synthesis based on beach litter data, Harm caused by marine litter, Identifying sources of marine litter, Riverine litter
: Options and recommendations and Guidance on monitoring of marine litter in the European seas. These thematic reports are aimed at those experts who are directly or indirectly implementing the MSFD in the marine regions.