Sharkwater

Some years back, Sharktrooth watched a film called Sharkwater.

It was one man’s incredible journey beneath the surface of the finning industry into some deep and disturbing areas. This film was a documentary and the dangers faced by Rob Stewart were very real, which is why some of it is filmed from his hospital bed. Anyone who has in interest in sharks should check it out right now on YouTube – by clicking this link here. Now Sharkwater:Extinction is due to be released later this year ans if we could make it mandatory viewing for every person in every language – we would.

 

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Words below from the Sharkwater website:

 

About The Movie

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.

From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even in our own backyard, Stewart’s third film dives into the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose a multi-billion dollar industry.

Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed on an enormous scale, and endangered sharks are now also being used to make products for human consumption. Stewart’s mission is to save the sharks and oceans before it’s too late.

But exposing illegal activities isn’t easy; protecting sharks has earned him some powerful enemies.

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.

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Sadly, Rob Stewart passed away in a tragic diving accident, during the making of Sharkwater:Extinction. Rob has been an inspiration to many, many people all around the world. Fearless and compassionate in equal measure, his determination to bring the plight of the oceans to people’s attention, no matter the risk, marks him as one of the greatest conservationists of our time.

Before Rob died, one of the Sharkwater team, explained to me in an email the importance of their work:

“When Sharkwater was released in 2007, it brought the plight of sharks to more than 124 million people, spawning conservation groups, changing government policy and seeding a movement that today has banned shark finning throughout most of the world.

It was a great conservation success story but sadly, today sharks are being slaughtered for more than their fins.  They’re being killed for use in cosmetics, pet food and livestock feed, and they’re being renamed and fed to us so we don’t know we’re eating an endangered superpredator.  The seafood industry has gone so far as to rename shark “rock salmon”, “flake” and “ocean whitefish” so you don’t know what you’re actually eating.
An estimated 150 million sharks are killed every year and only 70 million of those sharks are accounted for. The 80 million missing sharks? They’re in your makeup, your fast food sandwich and your pet food. Without knowing it, we’re all part of the greatest wildlife massacre ever known, decimating shark populations by 90%.
The world needs to know what’s happening and who’s responsible – so Rob is making another movie – a sequel to Sharkwater called Sharkwater: Extinction – that will expose the corporate complicity and multibillion-dollar scandal that’s destroying the world we depend on for survival.
The first Sharkwater movie took four years to make, but if we wait that long, 600 million sharks will have been killed. So, in an effort to make a difference now, Rob launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the film and we are over 75% funded with just 8 days to go! Our campaign closes on July 21.
Since you’re a great shark advocate too and cover like minded topics, I wanted to reach out and share our story and see if you would kindly consider sharing our campaign with your own audience?”
As you can see, Sharktrooth was fully on board with Sharkwater: Extinction and we hope that you will be too. Please visit the site and pledge what you can – there’s loads of goodies up for grabs if that motivates you – but you can also do your bit for as little as $10
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Our planet, even the air we breathe, is reliant upon the oceans and the oceans are reliant on sharks. Please consider donating to Sharkwater. Your contribution will have a direct effect – the film will get made and like before – many people will learn the truth about sharks and big industry, many people who are making megabucks from damaging the worlds eco-systems will be brought under scrutiny and even governments will feel pressure to investigate and act to change what we are currently doing.
And if you’ve not seen the original film yet – please do. It will blow your mind.
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Let us honour Rob’s memory by continuing his work.
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