Sharkwater Campaigns

Rob Stewart’s latest film Sharkwater Extinction is out 2018

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.

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.

Tragically, Rob Stewart died in January 2017, in mid production. The film was completed posthumously by Rob’s parents, Sandy and Brian Stewart, and other dedicated team members. It aims to keep Rob’s vision, work and legacy alive, and inspire ongoing conservation of sharks beyond his death.

Sharkwater (2007)

Rob Stewart’s acclaimed documentary Sharkwater continues to have a profound effect on how humans view sharks, and has already had a significant impact in helping reduce the illegal shark fishing industry around the globe. This epic High Definition film has won over 35 international film awards and been instrumental in increasing global awareness of shark conservation and education issues.

No single film or conservation campaign has had as much impact as Sharkwater in creating empathy for sharks and influencing changes in shark legislation. It has motivated several governments around the world to ban shark finning and the sale, possession and restaurant consumption of shark fin products. The energising impact of Sharkwater has led directly to an increase in the number of conservation groups becoming directly involved in saving sharks, with a resulting increase in protective legislation on an unprecedented scale.

David Hannan, founder of Ocean Ark Alliance, sponsored and co-produced Sharkwater, working closely with Rob Stewart on several major dive expeditions and serving as co-cinematographer for this compelling film, which took four years to make and spanned 15 countries. Director Rob Stewart teamed up with Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd to document illegal shark poaching in Costa Rica and the Galapagos, providing viewers with a revealing look at shark exploitation.

David Hannan’s license-free media, supplied to Sharkwater have helped Rob and David inspire and empower a new generation of young marine researchers and conservationists, and has contributed directly to the worldwide fight to save sharks – a pivotal species in all healthy oceans.

Fin Free

Since the release of Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater in 2007, an energised movement to protect endangered sharks has expanded internationally. Today, over 60 countries are now fin-free, with sale and possession of shark fin products banned. Canada, the US and other countries are enacting legislation to implement shark fin bans, and it’s estimated that these bans have already stopped up to 66 million people from consuming shark fin soup per week.

Fin Free is a global campaign spearheaded by United Conservationists founder Rob Stewart, focusing on reducing demand for shark fin around the globe and eliminating the trade, possession and sale of shark fin products. Through a collaborative, community-based approach with an emphasis on corporate and personal responsibility, Fin Free uses scientific education to raise awareness about shark ecology, and seeks to inspire urgent action to address the serious issue of worldwide shark exploitation.

By providing a range of essential open-source media, footage and scientific information, Ocean Ark Alliance has fully supported the Fin Free campaign from its inception, and continues to work with Fin Free in its educational outreach and conservation efforts, utilising its worldwide network of Development Partners.

United Conservationists

United Conservationists is a registered US non-profit organisation founded by world acclaimed biologist and award-winning film-maker Rob Stewart. United Conservationists is a major strategic partner of the Ocean Ark Alliance; it produces media and organises campaigns that encourage collaborative global action to protect crucial ecosystems necessary for our survival – and in so doing, inspires and educates people (especially the young) to make the right decisions for the continued benefit of all species, mankind and the planet as a whole.

Based in Toronto and Los Angeles, United Conservationists is a formidable force for global change. Rob Stewart’s films, books and public appearances on TV shows such as Larry King Live, The Tonight Show, BBC1, Bloomberg, The Today Show and many more are creating measurable, positive outcomes in global conservation.

Ocean Ark Alliance, using its global network and vast resource library of digital media and scientific data resources, supports and sponsors United Conservationists on a number of its educational outreach projects, including Fin Free, an ongoing global initiative which has saved tens of thousands of sharks from being finned alive every hour, and which continues to have major and tangible effects in protecting of one of the ocean’s most endangered and important species.

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Above: Go behind the scenes with W5’s Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story. This incredibly moving, hour-long tribute to Rob Stewart shows how his family and friends finished Sharkwater Extinction.

Above: this emotional video  – featuring the song “Child of the Water” by Chantal Kreviazuk – was the first glimpse of Sharkwater: Extinction, May 2018




Shark Girl presenter, activist and Byron Bay local, Madison Stewart has been nominated for a Pride of Australia medal for her efforts to save the world’s sharks, oceans and the planet.