The Good and Bad Algae                                

The Good Algae  

Join commercially minded researchers and industry leaders in collaboration. The National Algae Association, 501(c)6 is the first non-profit algae industry association in US and the world for commercialization, deployment and helping to open new markets. We provide platforms for commercially minded qualified algae researchers, producers, harvesting, extraction technologies and algaepreneurs. Microalgae can be made into high-value nutraceutical Omega 3 EPA/DHA astaxanthin, cosmetics, food, ingredients, feeds, high-value bioactive compounds, pigments, inks, bioconcrete and extracts of bioactive molecules for pharmaceuticals and health care industries.  It is comprised of carbohydrates, lipids proteins, carotenoids such as lutein, astaxanthin and fucoxanthin, and nucleic acids.  Algae is renewable, has no effect on the food channel and consumes CO2. It takes approximately 1.8 tons to produce 1.0 ton of algae biomass for various algae products. The specific composition is dependent on strain used and influenced by the method of cultivation, harvesting and/or extraction technologies as well as products made. All commercial algae production takes place in a controlled environment using technologies proven outside the lab, scalable and economically feasible. 

After taxpayers spent $2.5 billion on algae research for over the last 80 plus years, the algae industry moved forward with commercialization and deployment of algae technologies with private industry and investment 18 years ago. No longer spending more time on restrictive government research grants, but implementation of technologies proven outside the lab, scalable and economically feasible for higher value products.  There is a huge learning curve between what takes place in a lab and scaling-up into commercial algae production. We have found it takes a variety of research and business disciplines in collaboration to be successful in our industry. The algae industry has fast-tract commercial production through new enhancements to existing technologies that has helped bring down the CAPEX over the last 20 years.  NAA facilitates open collaboration between commercially driven algae research, private industry and private investment helping to build the algae industry a projected $3.4 billion dollar industry. Pikes Research.

The Bad Algae

Harmful algae blooms affect fishing, swimming, tourism, real estate values. local businesses and drinking water. They are a growing concern nationally and globally. HABs can produce toxins that pose significant risks to both human health and aquatic ecosystems. 

70% of all nutrient runoff comes from agriculture entering waterways. NAA takes a holistic source to bloom approach to fix these devastating water quality problems. We are helping to reduce nutrient runoff at non-point sources during heavy rainfalls BEFORE entering waterways by using runoff effluents (N+P) to grow algae biofertilizer onsite back to the land and to help reduce harmful algae blooms on lakes and coastlines.

To combat these worsening environmental problems NAA facilitates collaboration between harmful algae bloom researchers. remediation companies using proven technologies outside the lab, scalable and economically feasible that do no harm. Other goals are  remediate and removal of harmful algae blooms from lakes and coastlines without breaking cells, return clean water back to waterbodies and repurpose tonnage of biomass into various potential products.

Microalgae – The Good Algae

Cultivation Systems

Indoor/Outdoor closed-loop photobioreactors (PBRs) fermentation or covered raceway ponds.

  Algae Biomass/Powders/Ingredients 

Food, Feeds, Pigments, Inks, Biofertilizer, Bioconcrete, Biofertilizer,  Bioplastics

Trade/Suppliers/Off-Take Opportunities

Algae Products

Retail Products

Employment Opportunity

Vice President of Production


The Source – Nutrient Runoff 



Harmful Algae Blooms – The Bad Algae 

Environmental and Business Costs

• $97.5 million crab landings
• $40 million in lost tourism
• $10 million property value
• 277 manatee deaths
• $5.58 million lost fishing expenditures.
• $10.3 million drop in oyster landings
• 2,000 square miles covered by a toxic
• $235-470 million loss to local business
• $9 million in fisheries
• $50 million in lost income
• $785,000 in red tide clean-up.
• $4.4 million in emergency room
• $96 million in lost consumer surplus and fish kills • $25.4 million in total economic impact to County

  • $4.1 million (restaurant) and $5.4 million (lodging) in monthly reduced revenues
  • $48.8 million loss of revenue and 48 people
  • 34 million fish killed, valued at $14 million
  • 60% increase Fish Poisoning This increase raised the status of CFP to an acute and chronic illness with major public health significance.
  • $71 million in estimated losses to tourism
  • $107 million in estimated losses to tourism  
  • $20.42 full season tourism spending.
  • $81 million in lost seafood sales

Turn nutrient runoff and harmful algae blooms into potential products

          NAA takes a holistic ‘source to bloom approach to                                      address these water quality issues.          

In our opinion, we need to take a holistic source to bloom to help reduce nutrient runoff at non-point sources entering waterways.   After heavy rainfalls use the N+P runoff effluents to grow algae biofertilizer at farm-edges back to the land. 

Commercially deploy algae bloom and HAB remediation and removal technologies on lakes and coastlines. 

Turn algae biomass produced into biofertilizer and other potential products for farmers.