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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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Hong Kong officials seize record 26 tons of shark fins

Hong Kong Officials

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 arrested and released on bail, pending investigation.

Selling and consuming shark fins is legal in Hong Kong, but that does not cover endangered species. Anyone who is found to be importing an endangered species without a license could face up to 10 years in jail and a $10 million fine.

If this news outrages you, please sign this petition to demand justice for these sharks!

Texas Restaurants AND markets charged with selling illegal shark fins


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Ten Texas restaurants and markets in the Houston and Dallas area were charged with illegally selling shark fin products—including fins from several protected shark species.

Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department seized several hundred pounds of shark fins from the businesses.

“Protecting the many shark species residing and migrating through the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the illegally trafficked sharks from around the world, offered for sale in Texas is one of our highest priorities,” said Col. Grahame Jones, Law Enforcement Director at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in a statement.

Shark fin soup has been banned in Texas and many other states and countries around the world.

During these difficult times, Team Sharkwater continues its work to save our oceans and the environment. Shark finning and shark fishing continues around the world. As you can see, there is still much work to be done.

Please consider a donation to assist us in continuing our work.

Stay safe as you self isolate, even as businesses begin to open up. We need all of you to help in our fight to save the environment — and our world.



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