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Sharkwater Extinction
Year:  2018
Country:  Canada
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Tiburon Library [1501 Tiburon Blvd.]
Showtime:   Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 06:30 PM
Director:  Rob Stewart

Description:
  [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]

Sharkwater Extinction is a thrilling, action-adventure journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the billion-dollar illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it. From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, and France, to California, Stewart's third film dives into the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade.

Sharkwater Extinction is a follow up to the critically acclaimed Sharkwater, Rob Stewart’s first film. Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed, 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.

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. Sharkwater Extinction 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 put 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. Tragically, Rob died in a diving accident in January 2017 while filming Sharkwater: Extinction in the Florida Keys.

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