In Loving Memory of Rob Stewart

Sharkwater – A Tribute to Rob Stewart

We are so deeply grateful to everyone who helped search, and happy that Rob passed while doing what he loved. We are working on how best to honour his incredible work. If you would like to share your memories or messages with the public, please post them using the form below. We are working on a way to share photos as well.

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Rob Stewart accomplished so much in his life, but there’s still more to do. To honour Rob’s memory, the Stewart family is collecting donations through WWF-Canada in order to continue his conservation work. You can help by visiting and WWF-Canada will hold the proceeds in a fund to help carry on Rob’s legacy. A tax receipt will be issued.

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  1. I remember in grade 7 i went to my local mall hoping to find a movie to watch. Instead i came across ‘Sharkwater’… I completely fell in love with Rob and his passion to save the sharks. 10 years later, I still watch his documentary and followed his work. Not going to lie, but I am ashamed at my self for not stepping out of my comfort zone earlier… I have always loved the ocean and i’m been swimming since i was a little kid… but i never took the time to actually go into the water and swim with the beautiful creatures that are vital to our existence.. This year, i am volunteering in Fiji and will be getting the opportunity to go scuba diving with the sea creatures and really experience what I have always wanted to experience… I had always wanted to become a Marine biologist but decided to go into law…But now after watching Sharkwater again and being able to do what i REALLY wanted to do as a kid, I am determined to do what Rob was fighting for. I want to give my part in the fight against shark finning. I was so moved by hearing the death of Rob but i know he died for what he loved and your story and legacy will live on! Thank you Rob and his team for all that you’ve done. I hope one day i can join your team and fight with you all.

    Wadood A 4:05 am on March 27, 2017
  2. Rob Stewart has made a difference in the world. The Ocean will seem less without him. The ocean will not forget him, the world will not forget him. He will live on in the waves of the ocean.

    Liz Casillas 4:12 pm on March 30, 2017
  3. It’s hard to put into words exactly how much Rob inspired me to help save the oceans and planet and to follow my heart.

    I will never forget the first time I watched Sharkwater back in 2009. I was supply teaching for a Grade 10 Science class and it was the only time I have ever been brought to tears that I couldn’t hold back in front of students. I sobbed for most of the class time, only pulling myself together at the very end. I later added Rob on Facebook and noticed he had a Sharkwater screening plus Q & A at the ROM that spring. I went to the event with a friend of mine and after I heard Rob talk about how marine creatures have “love lives and personalities” I knew in my heart I had to go vegan. He was absolutely correct and gently inspired people to do what they knew was right! And he looked cool and used plain language to explain why we needed to save the oceans too! I stopped eating seafood that day, and within 3 months I was a vegetarian, and within 7 years I was a vegan. Today when people ask me why I am vegan I tell them it’s because animals have “love lives and personalities” and they always laugh and then think about how animals are more similar to us than we may think.

    When I talked to Rob after the screening, he made me realize that I have the power to affect change for the better. It is within my ability to use my talents to teach people about the challenges we are facing in regards to natural world and our home. I did my best to start environmentalist clubs and other activities within my school to inspire my students to fight for the planet just like Rob inspired me. I even showed Sharkwater to them and facilitated some discussion about what we can do to protect sharks. I wanted to focus on the solution to the problem just like Rob did. A little while later when Rob was looking for people to help with the research for his new film Revolution I knew I just had to help. It was such a wonderful experience to be part of something so powerful, moving, beautiful and inspirational! I truly enjoyed every aspect of helping with such an important cause from petitioning to fundraising to researching. I was honoured to have my name attached to such an amazing movie and cause!!!!!!!

    Just like the rest of the world I was devastated and heart-broken beyond words to learn of Rob’s passing. It took me a long time to process and come to terms with the profound loss mankind, sharks, animals, and the planet have suffered due to his untimely death. But I know in my heart Rob would want us to keep fighting the good fight and use our unique talents and abilities to save the planet!

    Sending my condolences and love!

    Danielle 1:45 pm on April 13, 2017
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