On Rob Stewart’s final dives, he was filming for the sequel to his award-winning Sharkwater movie. The as-yet unfinished film, Sharkwater: Extinction, was close to being complete. Rob’s parents, Brian and Sandy Stewart, will ensure the film’s completion to honor their son’s tireless conservation work.
Since its release in 2006, Sharkwater has received over 50 awards across the world. It earned Rob world-wide acclaim, both as a filmmaker and conservationist, and led more than 80 countries to enact shark-finning bans. Stopping the decimation of shark populations due to shark finning was a cause near and dear to Rob’s heart.
The Stewart Family Statement
“The outpouring of love, support, encouragement and prayers we’ve received from across the globe since Rob went missing continues to be overwhelming. We’d like to reiterate our profound appreciation and respect for the U.S. Coast Guard, the three levels of Canadian political officials who offered their assistance, and all of the many professionals and selfless volunteers who committed their time and resources in trying to bring our son and brother home safely.”
“Our hearts are broken. While we are overcome with grief, we know in our hearts that Rob is at peace and that he would want us to continue his mission to save the sharks and the oceans, and to inspire the world to protect and nurture our planet. We are committed to realizing Rob’s goals and will not rest until the change he fought for tirelessly is achieved.”
Pablo Garcia just released his own tribute to Rob, which you can see in the video below.