1st Session, 41st Parliament – October 16, 2012

Fisheries and Oceans

Experimental Lakes Area—Closure of Research Facility

(Response to question raised by Hon. Maria Chaput on September 26, 2012)

“On August 1st, 2012, the Rural Municipality of Taché sent a letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans concerning the Experimental Lakes Area and enclosed a resolution of the Rural Municipality acknowledging their continued support. On August 15th, 2012, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans responded to the letter.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada believes universities and non-government research facilities are better suited to conduct the type of research that has been done at the Experimental Lakes Area, and the Department is working to transfer operations to an organization that is better positioned to do studies based on fundamental ecosystem manipulation.

Departmental officials are working diligently to find another operator for the facility, so that this important work can continue by another party better suited for this type of research.”