2018 - Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime Achievement

Rob Stewart

Founder, Sharkwater

Rob put a spotlight on the devastation caused by the shark fin industry and the destruction of ocean ecosystems. He was an expert on sharks and the oceans, and the face of shark conservation and activism. His movie Sharkwater won more than 50 awards and was viewed by over 125 million people, and brought the decimation of sharks and ocean conservation to the world stage.  It changed laws and public policy worldwide and inspired more than 100 groups dedicated to saving sharks around the world. It has been estimated that Rob’s work saved 30% of the world’s shark population. “Sharkwater” and a second movie, “Revolution” changed laws and public policy worldwide. Both Canada and the US have proposed legislation in motion banning the sale and importation of shark fins at a national level, and numerous smaller jurisdictions (including 11 states) have banned the sale of shark fins.

 
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