The Mascort group, owner of camping Castell Mar and Camping Castell Montgrí, is one of the sponsors of the Sepia project, an initiative that began in the natural park of Montgrí, the Illes medes and the Baix Ter. Its purpose is to restore the population of squid along the Empordà coast. A long time ago these animals were very abundant in the Bay of Pals and Roses, but in recent years there has been a significant reduction in their numbers. There have been three contributing factors for this: the warming of the sea, the contamination of the seabed and, most importantly, overfishing which results in the capture without discrimination of these animals, as well as the destruction of nests before the eggs have hatched.
The Sepia project aims to help counteract the overfishing factor by increasing the number of places where females can lay their eggs, reducing the capture of pregnant females and avoiding the destruction of nests by fishing nets and other equipment. Artisanal fishermen of L’Estartit and L’Escala are actively involved in this project. They work together to maintain the methods of traditional fisheries and encourage sustainable fishing.