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‘Sharkwater’ Filmmaker Making New Documentary Exposing Companies That Use Shark Products

Rob Stewart, the filmmaker who made the award-winning movie “Sharkwater,” is working on a new, shark-related movie project.

The original “Sharkwater” exposed the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador.

Stewart‘s latest project, “Sharkwater: Extinction,” delves into the fishing of sharks for use in cosmetics, pet food, livestock feed, fertilizer and even vaccines. As his crowdfunding page states:

“They’re even renaming sharks “flake,” “rock salmon” and other fake names — and feeding them to us so we don’t know we’re eating sharks!”

The film will look at the top cosmetics companies in North America and identify the ones that use sharks as part of their ingredients.

To make his movie, Stewart has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise a minimum of US$150,000 (136,184 Euros).

Of that $150,000, Stewart and his team plan to spend 53 percent of it on travel, 30 percent on cameras, lighting and sound equipment, 20 percent on post-production and 15 percent for the crew.

The team also has a stretch goal for $300,000, which would allow them to buy RED 6K cameras to capture sharks in slow motion. They’ll also be able to get custom-built hidden cameras, along with a musical soundtrack and the ability to film in locations like Alaska for Salmon Sharks and the Gulf of Mexico for Mako sharks.

Additional stretch goals of $500,000 and up will help the team improve the final film’s production value.

For more info, check out the campaign’s KickStarter page at

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.