|Written by Jason Peters|
|Tuesday, 01 March 2011 10:15|
Fed by a lifelong passion for sharks, Rob Stewart debunks stereotypes of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in Costa Rica and Ecuador. Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson and their unbelievable adventure together takes them from a battle with poachers and gunboat chases, to corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives. Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed. His remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.
Since itʼs release in 2007, Sharkwater has spawned several conservation groups including Shark Savers (www.sharksavers.org) and has helped change Government policy in 6 countries. Over 90 countries have now banned shark finning and recently, Rob Stewartʼs online network campaigned to support successful bans on the import, sale and possession of fins in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan in the CNMI. Similar shark fin bans are gaining legislative support in the US States of California and Washington, and in Pacific countries including the Philippines.
The work is far from over as the fight to save sharks is more important than ever. In fact, the largest number of sharks ever caught on record was in 2009, two years after the films release. With ocean conservation at the forefront of the environmental campaigns, Sharkwater and Rob Stewart are reaching new audiences as the conservation movement grows.
Winner of 35 International Awards, Sharkwater continues to screen at Festivals and events worldwide. Sharkwater broke box-office records in Canada and is the second highest grossing documentary of all time.
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