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ECW Press Spring 2019 Trade

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Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis
By (author): Andrew Reeves
9781770414761 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SCIENCE / Environmental Science Mar 12, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.88 in | 1.15 lb 384 pages 5 5 mapsMaps ECW Press
RBC Taylor Prize 2020, Long-listed

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 aquaculture farms in Arkansas to the bayous of Louisiana; from marshlands in Indiana to labs in Minnesota; and from the Illinois River to the streets of Chicago where the last line of defense has been laid to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, Overrun takes us on a firsthand journey into the heart of a crisis. Along the way, environmental journalist Andrew Reeves discovers that saving the Great Lakes is only half the challenge. The other is a radical scientific and political shift to rethink how we can bring back our degraded and ignored rivers and waterways and reconsider how we create equilibrium in a shrinking world.

With writing that is both urgent and wildly entertaining, Andrew Reeves traces the carp’s explosive spread throughout North America from an unknown import meant to tackle invasive water weeds to a continental scourge that bulldozes through everything in its path.

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From aquaculture farms in Arkansas to the bayous of Louisiana; the last line of defense has been laid to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. Overrun takes us on a firsthand journey into the heart of a crisis.

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  • The impact of the invasion of the Asian carp can be likened to the ecological damage the kudzu vine has had on native North American flora.

  • Overrun was submitted for ABA Indies Introduce.

  • Several species of heavy-bodied cyprinid fishes are collectively known in the United States as Asian carp.

  • Asian carp are voracious eaters, able to consume 5 to 20% of their body weight each day, and prolific breeders, making up as much as 80% of the biomass in some dominated habitats. If no additional management actions are taken, their invasion of the Great Lakes is almost certain.


  • Current events readers

  • Regional readers in the areas affected

  • Readers interested in science and the environment

  • Readers of nonfiction

Andrew Reeves is an award-winning environmental journalist. His work has appeared in the Walrus, This Magazine, and the Globe and Mail. He received a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College in 2016. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and daughter.

“A thorough look at an important — and multifaceted — topic.” — Publishers Weekly

“A gracefully composed exemplar of the human species’ disputatious struggle to protect its own habitat while those of so many other species are disappearing or shifting.” — Wall Street Journal

“With a journalist’s critical eye and storytelling ability . . . Overrun is more than an engaging story about nuisance fish. This eye-opening book demonstrates the interrelationship of species, the climate, and the environment.” — Foreword Reviews

“Overall, Overrun presents a saga of human short-sightedness, not evil . . . And so it’s here, at the intersection of science, politics, economics and the ecology of Asian carp in North America, that we can discover how a single unwelcome ?sh has changed how we think about invasive species, binational and bipartisan cooperation on the environment and the fate of our rivers and Great Lakes.” — MinnPost

Overrun is a whip-smart romp through the dystopian history of Asian carp, that wrecking ball of aquatic ecosystems in North America. But in telling it, Reeves charts a sustainable future for the waterways that connect all of us on the continent. An environmental writer as good as Reeves gives me hope.” — Harry Thurston, winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Writing and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

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