Rob Stewart's Final Masterpiece to Debut in Canada

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Rob Stewart filming for Sharkwater: Extinction (Photo:

Sharkwater: Extinction, the much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning 2006 documentary, Sharkwater, is to debut in Canadian cinemas on Friday, 19 October after being warmly received on its 7 September premiere.

Award-winning director Rob Stewart died during the filming of Sharkwater: Extinction in February 2017, but friends and colleagues, dedicated filmmakers and loyal supporters rallied round to ensure the film was completed.

The original Sharkwater exposed the horrific nature of the world's shark-finning trade. Stewart's exposure – at great danger to his own life – of corrupt fishers and officials brought the illegal shark-finning trade to the attention of the world's media. Ninety different countries around the world have now banned the practice of shark finning and are clamping down on the trade of shark-based products. Sharkwater: Extinction highlights not only the shark-finning trade but also the use of sharks in the production of cosmetics, pet food, livestock feed, and fertilizer.

It is now estimated that up to 150 million sharks per year have been slaughtered as part of the shark-finning industry. Shark populations have dropped by as much as 90 per cent in the past 40 years, with many species hovering on the brink of extinction.

Check out the trailer video below, and for more information visit



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