The sum of £18,500, collected through a philanthropy scheme that required a donation from everyone on the trip, will significantly boost Bite-Back’s typical annual budget of around £50,000, said the charity’s founder Graham Buckingham.

Marine animals encountered on the trip included scalloped hammerhead, Galapagos, Galapagos bullhead, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, as well as eagle rays, sea-lions, mola mola, turtles and dolphins.

“As an avid diver and vegan since 2015, I have focused my efforts towards those species that cannot help themselves, but are crucial to the survival of our planet's most vulnerable eco-systems,” said Maschmeyer.

“I try to lead by example, always happy to support those with a passion for their cause and the right ideas to have a lasting impact. Graham at Bite-Back has done exactly that.”

Lorenz added: “As a former conservation charity CEO, I know of the importance of backing well-run charities by giving their management unrestricted funds. Bite-Back has an unparalleled track-record in the UK for achieving significant impact in shark conservation on a lean, well-managed budget. We back its founder and want to help him to build on his existing success.”

“This generous donation will invigorate our campaigns to rid the UK of all shark products by 2022,” said Buckingham. “We can now look forward to launching new initiatives to end the current 20kg personal importation of shark fins to the UK and eliminate the sale of sharkmeat, fins, teeth, jaws and supplements.”

Because of its campaigns there are already 80% fewer restaurants in the UK serving sharkfin soup, says Bite-Back, which also prompted Asda, Iceland Foods and Makro to remove shark steaks from stores nationwide and Holland & Barrett to end the sale of shark-cartilage capsules.

Find more about Bite-Back here.

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