Sharkwater Extinction is a thrilling and 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. 100 – 150 million sharks are killed every year, but only about half of them are reported, including endangered species. Shark populations have dropped more than 90% in the last 40 years. Without the oceans’ main predator, marine ecosystems are being destroyed beyond repair. This important and inspiring film dives into remote underwater locations to reveal the catastrophic effects humanity has had on the oceans. Illegal overfishing of sharks across the planet has deeper consequences that puts the Earth’s most important ecosystem in danger of collapsing, which threatens all life in, and above, the ocean.


Stewart dedicated his life to conservation, saying: “Conservation is the preservation of human life. And, that, above all else is worth fighting for.” He taught the world to love the oceans and their creatures and not fear sharks through his iconic images of hugging and free diving with sharks and mantas.


Director: Rob Stewart
Writer: Rob Stewart
Producers: Sandra Campbell, Brian Stewart, Rob Stewart
Cinematographers: Andy Casagrande, Jordan Eady, David Hannan, Shawn Heinrichs, Goh Iromoto
Editor: Nick Hector
Country: Canada
Runtime: 88 minutes