Ocean Country is the story of how I learned . . .

that the entire planet is “ocean country” – a vast archipelago of continents and islands – because the life of the seas is so crucial to each and every form of life on earth.

It’s how I came to understand that the life of the seas was in peril and how that placed all life as we know it in peril.

But what I also learned was how possible it is to change the course of our collective lives,

if we have the audacity and the courage to face that perilous truth and work together.

Ocean Country is the story of these discoveries.

Ocean Country is a heroine’s journey of near-death and discovery, of hopelessness and rebirth. Cunningham’s odyssey reveals how immersion into the problems that overwhelm us is a blessing of self-discovery. Where there is carelessness, we find our tenderness; where there is human suffering, we find our sense of compassion. Where there is damage and degradation, we find faith in ourselves and know that human beings can both resist and change all human ignorance.”
—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest, director of Project Drawdown

Ocean Country is an adventure story, a call to action, and a poetic meditation on the state of the seas. But most importantly, it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of one of the greatest crises to face humankind.

“This book comes as a great gift—an overwhelming reminder of the ocean planet on which we live, with its great wonders and the risks it faces.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet


Cunningham’s earnest narration of travels to remote seas around the world is a compelling read. Citing examples of sustainable fisheries and marine-protected areas around the word, the book ends on the hopeful note that we may have stopped hitting the snooze button when it comes to taking action against climate change.

With genuine emotion and great pragmatism, Cunningham makes passionate pleas for the continued health of the planet.
Publishers Weekly  Read more . . .

A moving testament to the human spirit.
Kirkus Reviews  Read more . . .

Twenty-one percent of royalties are being donated to the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund. That percentage was chosen because it’s the percentage of oxygen in each breath we take. Over half of that oxygen comes from plants and algae in the ocean. Every other breath is thanks to them.



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