Recovery of shark
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.”Clàudia Pich Marine biologist
Recovery of shark and ray eggs
The Eggcase2020 project comes to an end.
6 rays born from ray eggs
The first 6 rays born from ray eggs fished by accident are freed.
The first stingray hatches from an egg recovered from accidental fishing
Eggcase 2020 project
Guillem Félix, President of the Cayume Association
Recovering elasmobranch eggs
The eggs recovered in collaboration with the fisheries sector will be developed in a controlled environment until they hatch.