The German approval of LOHAFEX has sparked quite a controversy in Germany, where the Science and Environmental Ministries are at odds. Meanwhile, the process of stimulating the phytoplankton bloom with iron has been initiated, as detailed in the Times of India by Co-Chief Scientist Dr. Wajih Naqvi:
"The last few days were full of anxiety. But we were confident that this would pass, and did not allow ourselves to be distracted from the task at hand. As a result, the suspension has not affected our work schedule at all. Right now, of course, everyone is excited and greatly pleased," Prof Naqwi, who teaches at National Institute of Oceanography, said.