Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water

The story of the dreaded snakehead fish is a case study for invasive species This is the story of an invasive species that went from obscurity to fame, becoming front page news and the topic of David Letterman s Top Ten list Snakeheads, a species native to Asia, were released into a suburban pond in Maryland sometime around the year 2000 They reproduced, and a few yearsThe story of the dreaded snakehead fish is a case study for invasive species This is the story of an invasive species that went from obscurity to fame, becoming front page news and the topic of David Letterman s Top Ten list Snakeheads, a species native to Asia, were released into a suburban pond in Maryland sometime around the year 2000 They reproduced, and a few years later a local angler caught and photographed one of the adults Natural resources officials from the state and federal government responded with swat teams, and a media frenzy soon followed Could the ferocious beast capable of walking on land and breathing air enter Chesapeake Bay and destroy native stocks Much of the excitement was exaggeration, but the frenzy continued Wildlife officers could not catch the beasts, even as local anglers captured The pond was sealed off, armies with toxins brought in, and over the course of months it looked like the beast was slain But we learned that snakeheads are loose elsewhere in America, as are thousands of other introduced species Was the snakehead story all hype, or was this the right response Dolin tells the amazing story of the snakehead summer while delving into the larger questions about invasive species in America Fascinating scientific reporting well written and entertaining case study of modern resource management ESPN Outdoors It s the best book on non native species since The Coming of the Pond Fishes an absolute page turner ifish A wonderful, intriguing and fascinatingly complete documentation of a social and ecological phenomenon New Scientist Dolin doesn t skimp on details Or get bogged down in an overly scientific discussion of his subject a lively book Balti Magazine
Snakehead A Fish Out of Water The story of the dreaded snakehead fish is a case study for invasive species This is the story of an invasive species that went from obscurity to fame becoming front page news and the topic of David

  • Title: Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water
  • Author: Eric Jay Dolin
  • ISBN: 9781588341549
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    Eric Jay Dolin

    I love telling dramatic, sometimes wondrous, and often tragic stories about people, commerce, maritime history, and the environment My goal is to entertain and inform, and leave people glad that they took the time to read one of my books My most recent book is Brilliant Beacons A History of the American Lighthouse Liveright a division of W W Norton , April 2016 , received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, and was heralded as terrific by Entertainment Weekly, fascinating by the Seattle Times, and splendid history by the St Louis Post Dispatch According to the author of Over the Edge of the World, Laurence Bergreen, What Moby Dick is to whales, Brilliant Beacons is to lighthouses a transformative account of a familiar yet mystical subject Before that I wrote When America First Met China An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail Liveright a division of W W Norton , September 2012 , which was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the top ten non fiction books for the Fall 2012 My Fur, Fortune, and Empire the Epic History of the Fur Trade in America W W Norton, 2010 , a national bestseller, which was chosen by New West, The Seattle Times, and The Rocky Mountain Land Library as one of the top non fiction books of 2010 It also won the 2011 James P Hanlan Book Award, given by the New England Historical Association, and was awarded first place in the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Excellence in Craft Contest Leviathan The History of Whaling in America W W Norton, 2007 , was selected as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by The Los Angeles Times , The Boston Globe , and The Providence Journal Leviathan was also chosen by s editors as one of the 10 best history books of 2007 Leviathan garnered the 23rd annual 2007 L Byrne Waterman Award, given by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for outstanding contributions to whaling research and history Leviathan also received the 2007 John Lyman Award for U S Maritime History, given by the North American Society for Oceanic History, was named an Honors Book in nonfiction for the 8th annual Massachusetts Book Awards 2008 2009 , and was awarded a silver medal for history in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2008.Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, or musings you would like to share For , see ericjaydolin All the best Eric

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    • Fishface said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      A great read. Traces the 'Summer of the Snakehead' -- 2002 -- chronologically, according to the rising arc of the crazy stories circulating about the fearsome powers of Channa argus, the Northern Snakeheads released into Crofton Pond. Includes everything from the text of the "Daily Show's" on-location Snakehead piece to anatomically-correct artists' illustrations from the better science books. This fine volume even touches on the Snakeheads of the Sixties (the Walking Catfish), Seventies (Killer [...]

    • Glenn said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      I was a little skeptical when I began this book, because Dolin says he wrote it in just six months. As a journalist turned environmental historian, I think six months is insufficient time to research a book, never mind write one. But Dolin actually did a good job. In 2002, at a small suburban pond in Maryland, a couple of anglers caught specimens of a large, ugly, and aggressive Asian fish called snakehead. All hell broke loose, as state and federal agencies responded with "SWAT teams of biologi [...]

    • Zeke Gonzalez said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 02:56 AM

      As someone who has been doing research on the northern snakehead for almost four years now, it was incredibly serendipitous to stumble across this book. I found this book to be a fun and largely comprehensive account of the Crofton Pond Incident. However, while the work is mostly a fun and engaging narrative, Dolin does occasionally leave the main issue behind in favor of repetitive and boring interludes on material only very tangentially related. That said, the book is well-researched and very [...]

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