Recovery of shark

Marilles Foundation - Collaborators



2020 - 2023




The Cayume Association launched the Eggcase2020 initiative to recover shark and ray eggs from accidental fishing, captured as bycatch. They have the support of the Government of the Balearic Islands (Conselleria d’Agricultura, Pesca i Alimentació del Govern de les Illes Balears) and the fishers of Port Andratx. The recovered eggs are incubated in aquariums until they hatch, and the hatchlings are then returned to their natural environment, the sea. Although there is no doubt that the impact of fishing is much stronger than the result of this recovery process, this project can inspire mitigating measures and, above all, erase erroneous perceptions about these species.

“We want Eggcase2020 to be the first step towards consolidating a simple and efficient methodology that can be replicated in other parts of the Balearics. Creating synergies between the fishing sector, science, and society is the path to the preservation of sharks and rays.”

Marilles Foundation
Clàudia Pich Marine biologist