“We have the greatest opportunity in history to do something right, to right the wrongs, to be a hero, to save ecosystems, to create a world that’s beautiful.” ~ Rob Stewart
In celebration of Rob Stewart’s life, we’ve posted his 2015 Blue Ocean Summit interview for you to remember his legacy.
You can watch Rob’s movie, Revolution, here.
Breaking News: (Friday 2/3/2017) The body of Rob Stewart has reportedly been found off Islamorada in the Florida Keys in 220 feet of water. “Unfortunately it is with a heavy heart that I share Rob has been found. We are deeply saddened but take comfort that he passed while doing what he loved,” family spokeswoman Victoria Gormley wrote. The Toronto filmmaker and conservationist went missing Tuesday, resulting in a search being launched that covered more than 14,000 square kilometres. A coast guard spokesperson said Stewart was “diving on a wreck off of Islamorada” with three other divers when he disappeared. The three others completed the dive safely. Stewart resurfaced at the end of the dive, but as the boat was preparing to pick him up, he went back under and was not seen again. CBC News-Toronto
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An article we wrote about Rob in 2015:
Rob Stewart is an award-winning biologist, photographer, marine conservationist and underwater filmmaker. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Stewart began photographing underwater when he was 13. By the age of 18, he became a scuba instructor and then moved on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, studying in Ontario, Jamaica and Kenya.
Before making Sharkwater (2007), Stewart spent four years travelling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s magazines. Leading expeditions to the most remote areas of the world, Stewart has logged thousands of hours underwater using the latest in camera and rebreather technologies. Stewart’s highly sought after images have appeared in nearly every media form worldwide.
Stewart discovered shark finning in marine protected areas.
While on assignment to photograph sharks in the Galapagos Islands, Stewart discovered illegal longlining, shark finning and indiscriminately killing of sharks within the marine protected area. He tried promoting awareness through print media, but when the public didn’t respond Stewart decided to make a film to bring people closer to sharks. At the age of 22 he left his career behind and embarked on a remarkable journey over four years and 12 countries, resulting in the film epic Sharkwater.
“I believed that if I could show the public my impression of sharks, counter to Jaws, and dispel the myths of sharks as menacing predators, maybe people would want to fight for shark protection like they fight for pandas, elephants and bears.”
Sharkwater has been hugely successful, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and winning a “Canada’s Top Ten” award. Sharkwater made history with the largest opening weekend of any Canadian documentary, and was the most award-winning documentary of the year, winning over 35 awards at prestigious film festivals around the world. As of 2012 it is the third highest grossing Canadian documentary in the last ten years, next to the high budget films, Nascar and Oceans.
Revolution captures some of the most remarkable marine life spectacles ever recorded,
In this highly anticipated follow up to the hit Sharkwater, Rob Stewart brings us on an adventure 3.5 billion years in the making – from the evolution of life to the revolution underway to save us. Filmed over four years in 15 countries, Revolution captures some of the most remarkable marine life spectacles ever recorded, and gives audiences a firsthand look into the biggest ocean battle ever fought.
Discovering that it’s not just sharks that are in jeopardy – but us – Stewart looks to the evolution of life and past revolutions in order to uncover the secrets necessary to save our ocean. Joining the ocean activists and youth fighting to save their future, Stewart’s journey of hope is startling, beautiful and provocative, revealing this crisis as an opportunity for everyone to become a hero.
“It became pretty clear to me that conservation had changed, that it wasn’t about hugging trees and saving sharks and pandas, it was saving humans.”
One cannot help but be inspired by Rob Stewart and the marine environment message that he is bringing to the world, a call to action for each of us to take part, to become an ocean activist, and to find our role in the revolution. See Rob Stewart’s entire interview at Blue Ocean Summit 2015: Rod Stewart. Read more about how Shark Water and Revolution were made, and to support the Blue Ocean community and to order these movies and see our directory of underwater film titles visit the Store.
Meet John Englander who like Rob Stewart became alarmed by what he saw happening to our oceans. For John it was the dramatic sea level rise that he observed as an oceanographer and marine scientist. His best selling book High Tide on Main Street focuses on today’s ocean issues and the impending economic impact of rising seas. See John’s article at: Ocean Profiles: John Englander