As brokers of luxury motor yachts, it has always been part of the mission of 26 North Yachts to advocate for the conservation and the responsible use of our oceans and inland waterways.
We are proud to announce that we recently facilitated the purchase of a new research vessel for the marine research and conservation non-profit organization, Fins Attached. The recently converted expedition yacht, started its life as Senshu Maru, a Japanese fishing vessel. She was converted to a luxury expedition yacht in 2012. 26 North yachts represented Fins Attached in the transaction, finding, and then negotiating the purchase of the yacht, which was made possible through donations by the general public, as well as notable organizations and individuals such as the Guy Harvey Foundation, and Richard Branson.
She has been renamed Sharkwater, in honor of long time shark advocate and close associate of the organization, Rob Stewart, who recently died in a dive accident during the filming of the sequel to his award winning documentary of the same name. The Founder of Fins Attached, Alex Antoniou, Ph.D., wanted to honor the filmmaker and his close friend, by naming the boat, their first fully-owned research vessel, after him. Antoniou also vows to work with the Sharkwater Team to finish the filming of Stewart’s follow up documentary, Sharkwater Extinction.
The Mission of Fins Attached
The mission of Fins Attached is to protect and preserve endangered sea life, particularly sharks, many species of which are threatened, as these magnificent predators are stripped of their fins to satisfy the demand for shark-fin soup, a delicacy around the world. The shark is typically alive when their fins are cut off, and they are then tossed back into the ocean to die, hence the organization’s name, “Fins Attached.”
Gaining its own research expedition vessel for the first time will allow the nonprofit to expand its mission to research sharks, and to educate the scientific community and the lay public alike, about the vital role sharks play to the ecosystem, as the oceans apex predator.
On June 8th, which marks World Ocean Day, there will be a special christening ceremony taking place in Ft. Lauderdale, at the Bahia Mar Marina, in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University. The Sharkwater will then depart on her maiden voyage to further Fins Attached research. Stewart’s family and friends will be in attendance to watch their loved one’s life work continued through the partnership with Fins Attached.
“The Sharkwater team is proud to be a part of the Sharkwater research vessel and we know Rob Stewart was thrilled to have been involved in this significant initiative. It’s imperative we support the oceans and all its creatures, and this boat will provide an excellent resource for researchers, scientists, and conservation groups for years to come,” said Sandy Stewart. Brian Stewart then added, “A giant thank you to Alex and his organization, Fins Attached, for making this happen. As Rob once said, ‘Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth and that, above all else, is worth fighting for.’”
26 North will be in attendance at the christening ceremonies and will soon be offering unique charter experiences along with Fins Attached, on Sharkwater, where charter guests can participate first hand in the research and the work the organization is doing to bust the many myths and misconceptions people have about sharks, and preserve the “king of the deep.”
At 26 North Yachts we encourage all yacht owners and charter yacht vacationers, to recognize their responsibility as stewards of the environment, and the vital role they can play in protecting the environment and preserving our world’s oceans.
If you would like to learn more about marine conservation, visit finsattached.org, or if you’d like to donate towards the maiden voyage and the production of the film, Sharkwater Extinction, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/Sharkwater.
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