Rewilding the Sea

Rewilding the Sea

How to Save our Oceans



'Desperately needed' -
Isabella Tree

'I doubt any more important book will published this year' - Stephen Fry

In this indispensable follow up to his acclaimed The End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the World, Charles Clover chronicles how determined individuals are proving that the crisis in our oceans can be reversed, with benefits for both local communities and entire ecosystems. Rewilding the Sea celebrates what happens when we step aside and let nature repair the damage: whether it is the overfishing of bluefin tuna across the Atlantic, the destruction of coral gardens by dredgers in Lyme Bay or the restoration of oysters on the East Coast of America.

The latest scientific research shows that trawling and dredging create more CO2 than the aviation industry and damage vast areas of our continental shelves, stopping them soaking up carbon. We need to fish in different ways, where we fish at all. We can store carbon and have more fish by stepping aside more often and trusting nature.

Essential and revelatory, Rewilding the Sea propels us to rethink our relationship with nature and reveals that saving our oceans is easier than we think.


  • A game-changer! People are hungry for a plan to reverse ocean death so we can keep breathing!
    Margaret Atwood, Twitter

About the author

Charles Clover

Charles Clover is a co-Founder of Blue Marine Foundation, an impactful and influential marine conservation charity. Charles made his name as an author and environmental journalist writing principally for the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph for which he was Environment Editor for twenty-two years. His book The End of the Line (Ebury, 2004) and the award-winning major documentary film that it inspired (presented by Clover) highlighted overfishing as a global problem. He was then invited to lead Blue Marine.
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