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Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis

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Intelligent investigative writing meets experiential journalism in this important look at one of North America's most voraciously invasive species.

Politicians, ecologists, and government wildlife officials are fighting a desperate rearguard action to halt the onward reach of Asian Carp, four troublesome fish now within a handful of miles from entering Lake Michigan. From a
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by ECW Press
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Nancy
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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My brother, who enjoys kayaking, told me about a video showing a man in a boat who is armed with a baseball bat, ready to the strike giant leaping fish that fly out of the water. We may laugh, but the reality isn't funny. Those fish are foreign species from Asia. And they are taking over.

We Michiganders fear those fish as the next wave of invasive species ready to decimate our already degraded Great Lakes ecosystems. That crystal clear Lake Michigan water? It isn't a good sign, even if vacatione
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Andrew Reeves
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m biased, obviously.
Stephanie
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis is environmental journalist Andrew Reeves' in-depth look at just how the Asian Carp species that were brought into the United States to help solve one environmental issue ended up causing one of the biggest threats to the Great Lakes to date.  Reeves gets to the heart of the matter by going back to the beginning when the first carp were brought over as well as looking into what invasive species are as a whole and their impact on the environment. 

As
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Randal White
When will we ever learn?????
Humans have this short-sighted tendency to seek a quick fix, future consequences be damned. History is full of examples.
Well, we've done it again. In an effort to clean waters of "yucky" vegetation, we introduced the Asian carp into the southern U.S. With no natural predators, the carp, quite unsurprisingly, quickly overwhelmed the natural system. And spread, unchecked (and even encouraged), into the Mississippi River. First grass carp, then silver, black and bighead
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Eloise
Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Unusually, for an average city dwelling, outdoor averse 28-year-old female I am a big fan of fishing programs, any fishing television programs; competitive fishing, sea fishing, natural documentaries, river investigation; all of them. So I have been vaguely aware of the invasion of Asian Caro for some time.
Andrew Reeves has managed to turn what could be seen as an old man niche subject into a completely compelling and factual read.
I completely recommend this to any nature or environment enthus
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Ashley Kennedy
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An extremely informative look into an environmental problem I knew very little about, despite being a scientist who tries to stay abreast of conservation issues. This book got my blood pressure up quite a bit, furious with the people who allowed this problem to unfold, even though there is no single culprit to point a finger at-- the introduction and proliferation of Asian carp in the US is due to a complicated vortex of factors involving multiple levels of government, poor land use planning, an ...more
Justin
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Andrew Reeves did something incredible with Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis: He took a topic about which I knew next to nothing and made me genuinely care about it. Focusing on the flourishing flounder in the title, Overrun follows the author's detailed investigation of the arrival, dispersal and proliferation of this invasive aquatic pest that is now choking so many of North America's waterways and threatening the very existence of our native fish. It's a fascinating journey, and ...more
David Corleto-Bales
Back in the 1960s, someone got the idea that the Asian grass carp could help clear American waterways of surplus vegetation and improve the ecosystem. The carp introduction would be strictly controlled. However, they got out. What followed over the last 50 years is probably the most pervasive infestation of a non-native fish anywhere in the world. Its economic and environmental impact is staggering. Courageous efforts are being made to keep them out of the Great Lakes.
Adam Hinterthuer
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating story of how our awakening environmental consciousness post Silent Spring (no chemicals) led to disastrous decision-making (biological controls!). Cool approach to telling the story, too. Starting where carp first "landed" in Arkansas and then moving out into and up the waterways they've since invaded. ...more
Rome Doherty
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A thoughtful, insightful and readable summary of this problem.
Robin
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incredibly informative. We've done some crazy shit to the environment and we'll have some major reckoning. ...more
Catherine Winters
Not a fan of the writing style. I was hoping for more straightforward information about the carp and solutions to the invasive problem; however, I did not finish the book.
Jon Ewert
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Superbly researched and compellingly written. As expected he spins it out into the nature of our relationships with the entire living world around us, and does so effectively.
Prcs Rambharose
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has given me an interesting and informative read on a subject I literally have no clue about ! Some of the Carp Breeds Bigheads,Silver Carp,Black Carp can weigh as much as 35lbs to a 100Ibs they can be Silver coloured to olive green ...People have even been injured by them.. This book was written in clusters with follow up interviews in Diners,Canoes,Powerboats,Labs,fish farms,wetland Preserves, City halls,Taco bars!! fine Restaurants,Processing Plants...Biologists, Chefs, Fishmongers, ...more
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