Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Categories: Features
Brian Moss (Photo: International Society of Limnology)
Canadians aren't the only researchers trying to save the Experimental Lakes Area. This week we've told you about the closure of the ELA in northern Ontario. The facility is more commonly known as the ELA, and it's home to the only large-scale freshwater and fisheries research station in the world. Scientists from around the world add their voices to the call to save the one-of-a-kind research station.
Brian Moss is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Liverpool. He's the President of the International Society of Limnology, which is the study of inland waters.
He tells Carol of the historical importance the ELA has been to research into changes to the world's fresh-water sources, including the Schindler study that recorded the effect of phosphorous. He also wonders what it says about the Harper government as it turns off funding.
We did request an interview with Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, but he was not available. However, the Minister did send information stating "the Department continues to prepare the facility for a third-party operator, or the decommissioning of the site pending negotiations with third parties and the Province of Ontario."