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Sharkwater Extinction


In January 2017, while shooting Sharkwater Extinction, Rob, a Malibu-based filmmaker, tragically passed away during a dive off the Florida Keys. The world was stunned by the loss of one of the most influential activists of our time. Rob taught the world to love the oceans and to not fear sharks through his iconic images of hugging and free diving with sharks and mantas.

Rob risked everything to educate, preserve and defend the oceans. The film’s producers, along with a talented group of editors, filmmakers, and loyal Sharkwater supporters, were compelled to continue his work.

Sharkwater Extinction‘s  will have it's world premiere at TIFF in September 2018 

Sharkwater Extinction from the Award Winning Director of Sharkwater and Revolution.  
" 150 000 000 sharks are killed each year and scientists only account for 70 000 000 of those, there are 80 000 000 sharks that are killed every year and nobody knows why nor where they are going, but WE figured this out.... and if we bring this to the public, things will change."

Rob Stewart

Sharkwater: Extinction (2018) is a thrilling and inspiring action packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.

Sharkwater, Rob’s first film, brought the devastating issue of shark finning used in shark fin soup to the world stage. His multi award-winning film changed laws and public policy worldwide, created hundreds of conservation groups. Today more than 90 countries have banned shark finning or the trade of shark products.  Even so, Stewart finds sharks are still being fished to extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction continues the adventure across four continents, as Rob travels through the oceans to investigate the corruption behind a multi-billion dollar industry. The crew goes through some of the world’s most dangerous fishing ports run by international crime organizations that have infiltrated the fishing industry.

Rob’s second film, Revolution, continued his quest to save sharks and the oceans. Revolution was the first feature film to platform the devastating effects of Ocean Acidification.  Climate change was well known, but scientists were just realizing the effects would be much worse than ever imagined. We were in danger of losing the coral reefs, and potentially the entire ocean ecosystem, which gives us 60% of our oxygen. Sharks, the top predator controlling the fish populations below them and the plankton that give us our oxygen, were being fished to extinction in an ecosystem they have controlled for 400 million years.

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Celebrate Oceans Day June 8 with a free screening of Sharkwater

Thanks to a generous sponsor, we’re able to bring you Rob Stewart’s original film, Sharkwater, the film that started it all in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, 2020. Sharkwater brought the devastating issue of shark finning for shark fin soup to the world stage. Demonstrating that sharks are misunderstood as dangerous creatures, biologist Rob Stewart travels to the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and across four continents. With 90 percent of the shark population d...

Free screening of Sharkwater Extinction for The United Nations and European Commission on World Environment Day June 5

We’re proud to present Sharkwater Extinction to the United Nations and European Commission. Ask for the private link the special screening for World Environment Day (June 5, 2020).   You can also join the Sharkwater Extinction panel discussion on 5th June at 5P...

Hong Kong officials seize record 26 tons of shark fins

In Hong Kong, officials have made the largest shark fin seizure in the city’s history, uncovering 26 tons inside two shipping containers. 80% of the fins came from endangered species. This seizure is more than double the total amount of fins uncovered in 2019. The total value of the fins, which came from about 38,500 sharks, is equal to more than $1 million. The two containers arrived from Ecuador in January and were opened in late April and early May. The 57-year-old owner was arreste...

Paris Shark Fest selects Sharkwater Extinction for the three day festival in Paris dedicated to sharks

The Paris Shark Fest promises 3 captivating days of excitement and enterianment, an unbeatable event for all those who want to plunder to the top of the ocean. September 18-20, 2020 Club de l'Etoile Paris 17th. Bruno Chatelin will introduce the film and the story of Rob to the audience. ...

Sharkwater Extinction selected to play next september at the film festival "PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT"

The film festival "PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT" is conceived by the organizers as a platform to make people think about inter-relations between mankind and nature. The Festival aims at raising environmental awareness by means of cinematography. Submission of films for the Festival contest programme will finish on the 1st of April 2020. The framework of the Festival an Environmental Forum will be organized to discuss the most urgent environmental problems and the role of non-feat...

Sharkwater Extinction selected to compete at Wild Oceans FilmFest

Wild Oceans FilmFest is an international documentary festival that tries to show the beauty of the ocean to awaken the love for nature in society. To achieve it we involve it in the conservation of the seas. The festival will be held in Gijón (Spain), between November 4th and 7th 2020. Wild Oceans FilmFest is an initiative of the Bioparc Foundation. The purpose of this institution is to promote the conservation of ecosystems by supporting sustainable conservation projects in situ, prom...

Sharkwater Extinction selected at EKOTOPFILM – ENVIROFILM 2020

IFF Ekotopfilm - Envirofilm with its 46-year tradition seeks to inspire and alter people's attitude and relationship towards the environment, provide space for open discussion on sustainability of life on our planet. The 46th annual Ekotopfilm - Envirofilm will be held in Bratislava and Banská Bystrica May 11-15, 2020. We welcome documentary films on topics related to the natural world and sustainability. ...

Sir Richard Branson joins Sharkwater Expedition in the British Virgin Islands

SHARKWATER EXPEDITION SUCCESS IN BVI Team Sharkwater completed filming and baseline research through the expedition in the British Virgin Islands. A Special thank you to Sir Richard Branson who joined us diving from his beautiful island, Necker, and amazing organizer Lauren Keil from Unite BVI, who helped coordinate all the government ministries and film commission. Our hope for the trip is to provide research to add further shark protections and more protected marine areas in the Caribbea...

Sharkwater Extinction selected as World Wildlife Day Film Showcase Finalists!

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Jackson Wild, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are excited to announce the finalists of the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Biodiversity. The judges – professional filmmakers, scientists and stakeholders from around the world – chose the finalists from over 300 entries. Winners will be announced at UN Headquarters in New York at a high-level ...

Sharkwater selected to screen at Sebastopol

THE NORTH BAY’S PREMIER DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL #SDFF2020 ...

Moving homage to Rob Stewart in India, during Mumbai Festival

Siraj Syed is a film critic and filmfestivals.com correspondent in India; he publishes his regular chronicles from the fest circuit on his profile. ...

It s been three years since Rob Stewart passed: RIP Rob

In Memory of Rob Stewart December 28, 1979 – January 31, 2017 January 31st marks the day three years ago when the world lost celebrated filmmaker and biologist Rob Stewart during a tragic scuba diving accident. Rob was a Hero; an activist for the sharks and an advocate for the oceans; a friend to many, brother, son, uncle, yogi. Rob Stewart dreamed of seeing a #finfree world and he has been credited for saving one-third of the world’s sharks since the release of his 2006 awar...

Sharkwater Extinction screened for Association Longitude 181 in Paris

Patrice Bureau (president of Association Longitude 181) and Sabrina Menguy (Animatrice Antenne Ile de France) before the Paris Premiere at Club de l' Etoile ...

Sharkwater Extinction wins The INDIEFEST Humanitarian Award 2019 Outstanding Achievement

  2019 HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNER    "Congratulations!   We have received the judges’ results for the IndieFEST Film Awards 2019 Humanitarian Awards and we are excited to inform you that you have won: Outstanding Achievement FOR  Sharkwater Extinction     Your production was hand selected by our judges and staff, from the entire pool of entries to the competition throughout 2019, as a film that represents both the spirit o...

Sharkwater Extinction wins best environment film at the 23rd International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade

    23rd International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade contests: EUIFA ENVIROMENT AWARD SHARKWATER EXTINCTION by Rob Stewart PC - PRO CATEGORY ( for professional productions )   Grand Prix PC - PRO CATEGORY MEDITERRANEE by Jerome Espla 1st Place IRELAND'S DEEP ATLANTIC by Ken O'Sullivan 2nd Place WILD CARIBBEAN – WHALES AND VOLCANOES  by Florian Guthknecht 3rd Place OUR OCEANS: A JOURNEY OF DISCOV...

Rob Stewart's SHARKWATER EXTINCTION wins best film at inaugural Turks and Caicos TCIFF!

A big thank you to the government and people of Turks and Caicos for all their work on shark conservation. Turks and Caicos was a special place for Rob; he visited the beautiful islands many times, diving with kids, meeting with local groups and building awareness for the importance of sharks. And a big thank you to all who attended the TCIFF premiere and for voting Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater Extinction Best Film at TCIFF! Sharkwater joined a panel discussing how to save sharks for the f...

Matsalu Nature Film Festival Grand Prix Award goes to Sharkwater Extinction

Message for Rob's parents about the win in Matsalu (Estonia) by Heli Tetlov, the festival programmer w<ho filmed the ceremony for Brian and Sandy Stewart.     MAFF 2019 AWARDS _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Grand Prix Sharkwater Extinction, USA Director Rob Stewart  JURY: This film has a clear and strong conservational message, showing emotional de...

Shark fin victory thanks to you!

  Last week U.S. Congress passed The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act in a bipartisan vote of 310-107. The bill prohibits the sale and possession of any shark fin products. A giant thank you to everyone who worked so hard for this day! We need to pass this bill through the Senate. Please continue to sign the petition below in order to support this passing through the Senate. Please contact your Senators and their staff, and let them know you support this bill. ROB STEWART WORKED SO HARD ...

Team Sharkwater at the Costa Rica premiere of Sharkwater Extinction, Nov. 27

Costa Rica Sharkwater Extinction premiere We were thrilled to be in San José for the Costa Rican premiere of Sharkwater Extinction last night (Nov. 27). United Conservationists, FinFree, Team Sharkwater, conservation groups and the Department of Fisheries all joined us to celebrate the film’s release. Costa Rica is a hot spot for shark finning and distribution.United Conservationists and FinFree will continue to work with the government on more shark protections. Sharks desper...

4 new prizes for Sharkwater Extinction

Best Documentary Feature London eco film festival   Outstanding Achievement: Documentary Feature  at indiefest awards Best Director - Feature Length Hero Film FESTIVAL Flamingo Award in the category Awareness Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam   ...

Busy and sucessful festival run this fall for Sharkwater Extinction

    Seoul fest SIFFA UK film week in in London Planet On 2019 Matsalu Nature Film Festival seaquarium Festiver Hero Film FESTIVAL Patagonia Eco Film Fest Alexandre Trauner ART / FILM Festival Jord Chesapeake Film Festival AST Pariscience ...

Sharkwater Extinction wins Grand Prize and Audience Award at Matsalu Nature Film Festival

We are very happy to announce that our film “Sharkwater Extinction” won the Grand Prix and the Audience Award at the 17th Matsalu Nature Film Festival in Estonia!    The jury commented : "This film has a clear and strong conservational message, showing emotional dedication and fearless approach of one particular outstanding person. It has been done in a very good investigational journalistic way, showing an example of a rare guerilla na...

Sharkwater Extinction nominated to Awareness Award at Rotterdam Wildlife film festival

We are honoured to let you know that our film “Sharkwater Extinction” has been nominated for the following awards: Awareness Award. In the attachments to this e-mail you’ll find our festival laurels.  ...

Simon Foster reviews Sharkwater Extinction

SHARKWATER EXTINCTION  Screening at 2019 MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL on Saturday July 20 at 8.45pm. Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★   In the wake of activist filmmaker Rob Stewart’s 2006 film Sharkwater, affective and discernible change to the global trade in shark fin meat and industrial fishing practices was implemented; it became one of the most high-profile and impactful advocacy documenta...

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