Latest government closure will affect lake research

Trust the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations to be at the forefront of breaking news that affects lake stewardship. Here’s an excerpt from FOCA’s May Alert, which arrived in my e-mail today.

“Thursday, May 17, 2012: FOCA has learned that Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff are today being informed of the decision of the Government of Canada to close operations at the Experimental Lakes Area in Kenora, Ontario.

This closure, if it proceeds, will mark a significant setback for scientific research and will impede the ability of scientists to be able to understand the effects of human impacts on aquatic environments, by eliminating one of the only facilities in the world where whole-ecosystem experiments can be conducted.”

Concerns about this decision should be sent directly to Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, keith.ashfield@parl.gc.ca.