We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our good friend Rob Stewart. Rob passed away doing what he loved best- diving. Using a rebreather and reaching depths of 230 feet on Alligator Reef, south of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Rob was seeking to film the elusive sawfish for his latest documentary. He returned to the surface after his third dive of the day, but as crew dealt with an emergency with his dive buddy, Rob disappeared. After an extensive search his body was later recovered from the ocean floor.
Rob was a tireless and enthusiastic ocean champion, who spent his life inspiring people to love and respect sharks rather than fear them. His award-winning feature documentary “Sharkwater” introduced many around the world to the threats to the ocean’s sharks celebrating both the beauty of these animals and their savage exploitation by humans.
Rob worked closely with WildAid to promote legislation to end shark finning and in producing a Chinese version of “Sharkwater” as part of our shark fin demand reduction campaign there. He also was instrumental in recruiting Sir Richard Branson as a vocal shark advocate.
Our deepest condolences to his family and friends over this tragic loss. We will miss you Rob.