LOS ANGELES – June 24, 2021 – A bold new documentary from director Eli Roth and executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Nina Dobrev brings light to the urgent plight of sharks around the world. ‘Fin’, which features the work of acclaimed photographer Michael Muller, will be available for streaming on discovery+ starting July 13 and will be featured as part of Discovery’s Shark Week programming. The announcement was released today via Variety.
The film exposes the criminal enterprise behind the mass extinction of sharks and contains exclusive footage from Sea Shepherd’s campaigns battling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in West Africa.
“Eli Roth is a master of the horror movie genre, so it’s fitting that he directed the deepest dive into the wholesale slaughter of sharks to be seen on screen since Sharkwater,” said Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd’s Director of Campaigns. “In Liberia, he accompanied the Liberian Coast Guard and Sea Shepherd crew aboard Labiko 2, a floating abattoir that was arrested after illegally killing over half a million sharks annually.”
Over 100 million sharks are killed every year through illegal and unsustainable fishing practices. Populations are declining more rapidly than they can recover due to a high demand for shark fins in Asia. These animals, which have existed for over 450 million years, are also vulnerable to entanglement in commercial fishing nets where they are routinely caught and killed as bycatch.
Sharks are apex predators and play an integral role in maintaining the heath of oceanic ecosystems. As shark populations continue to decline worldwide, the survival of all other species, from large cetaceans to coral reefs, is threatened.
As the U.S. Congress prepares to vote on a bill that proposes a ban on the purchase and sale of shark fins within the nation, the filmmakers hope this documentary will help raise public awareness about the conservation crisis sharks are currently facing.
Visit the official Fin website at: www.finthemovie.com.