Eco-Odyssey is hosting ‘Sharkwater,’ a movie about ocean awareness, at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) tomorrow (Wednesday) from 7 to 9 p.m.

“We are working to create awareness for our marine environment through education and exploration,” said MJ Arsenault from Eco-Odyssey. “I would love to reach out to our local community and share a visually stunning and educational film.”

‘Sharkwater’ was released in 2008 and was key to exploring issues related to shark populations.

“Sharks are the top predators in our oceans and are necessary to balance our planet’s fragile marine ecosystems,” she said. “Today, up to 100 million sharks are being stripped from our oceans every year to meet the demand for their fins, in order to make the Chinese delicacy, ‘shark fin soup.'”

The movie describes how environmentalist Rob Stewart discovered the devastation suffered by sharks during the finning process. He also helped uncover how killing mass amounts of sharks endangers the ocean’s ecosystem.

The screening is meant to support efforts in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo to stop the shark fin market.

Toronto has been successful in banning the product and cities in various other countries have come on board.

Arsenault is slated to make a short presentation about the Eco-Odyssey Foundation prior to the screening. Anyone who wants to donate can after the show. A petition is also available.