A few 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.
Rob and his team are now making another film called Sharkwater:Extinction. The big problem is that shark numbers are under so much pressure right now and it takes years to put together a film like this – can Rob make the film before sharks actually go extinct? That may sound melodramatic but the threat of extinction is very, very real.
One of the Sharkwater team, explained it much better in an email:
“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?”