Firglas produces Nannochloropsis biomass and extracts like Omega-3 EPA
Nannochloropsis is the initial strain of algae that will be cultivated and harvested by Firglas. All our products are consistently pure, non-GMO, sustainably sourced, cultivated in a resource efficient manner, leveraging sunlight and seawater vegan and cruelty-free. Nannochloropsis is an excellent source of nutrition including non-animal protein, containing all essential protein amino acids from a non-animal source, Omega-3 EPA, pigment antioxidants like beta-carotene and many other compounds.
The harvested biomass product can be shipped as frozen live paste or in dry powder form. It is commonly used by high-end fish and shellfish hatcheries, where egg, larvae and fry are grown. Higher quality premium feeds promote lower mortality and improve growth rates due to better fish health and higher tolerance to disease. The algae derived feed is truly sustainable unlike conventional fish meal which is sourced from wild catch in the oceans. Because Nannochloropsis is high in nutritional value with an attractive mix, it is suitable for nutraceuticals and supplements.
In addition, we will extract active compounds such as Omega-3 EPA oil, which is used in medecine, cosmetics, for nutraceuticals and supplements, as well as a food ingredient. Omega-3 EPA oil extracted from Nannochloropsis is a great alternative to Omega-3 EPA from fish and is growing quickly in popularity throughout the world as it is uncontaminated, pure, environmentally friendly and vegan.
- Sustainably cultivated
- Halal and Kosher
- High in nutrients
What is Algae?
Algae generally refers to aquatic organisms, i.e. non-animal beings living in water, roughly sub divided into macroalgae, such as seaweed and kelp, and microalgae, including phytoplankton. Microalgae are primordial microscopic organisms living on sunlight to form the basis of the marine food chain, producing many essential nutrients for human and animal health. 70-80% of the oxygen synthesised comes from algae in the oceans. Microalgae can be found in any body of water, in the oceans, lakes and rivers. They grow by cell division. A number of species can be observed under a microscope. There are 200-800 thousand species of microalgae, most still unexplored. Green, brown and red algae are most common, and the colour varies depending on the pigments (colourants) that algae produce to harness light. There are also bioluminescent algae that cause visually stunning phenomena such as red tides and glowing waves. The tiny single-celled algae convert sunlight and carbon dioxide to make very special bioactive substances: Very little matter is wasted, unlike land-based plants which divert energy to form structural elements such as roots, stems and leaves.
How is Algae important?
As the basis of the marine food chain, algae produce compounds that are essential to life of all animals living in the oceans. For example, Omega-3 oils in fatty fish and the red colour pigment astaxanthin in salmon and prawn come from algae. The substances that are nutritious for humans include: beneficial and healthy vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein, chlorophyll, astaxanthin, Omega-3 EPA, Omega-3 DHA, beta-glucan.
Why consume Algae?
People have cultivated and consumed algae since ancient times to access their superior nutritional value. Algae naturally synthesise many unique substances, which are vital for human and animal health and well-being. In the quest for natural food and health products, algae could be a fantastic and virtually unexploited resource. Interest to grow algae on an industrial scale, initially to improve food supply in response to a rapidly growing population took off in the latter half of the twentieth century. During the oil crisis in the seventies, research also began to use algae as a feedstock for renewable fuels, and to replace fossil crude oil with crude oil from algae. Thanks to the DARPA biofuel programme from 2005, algae farming came into vogue again with fundamental research and major technology investment leading to innovations and scalability.
How do you grow Algae?
Algae are typically grown in open ponds or in high-tech closed transparent tubular systems, also known as photobioreactors, to obtain the desired oil or other important compounds. Some coastal salt lagoons have been adapted for algae cultivation. Today, farmed algae is used commercially for many exclusive products such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, health supplements and food. There are hundreds of thousands of different varieties of algae but only a fraction have been researched and characterised, and 10-20 species are cultivated commercially at scale today. The most common strains are spirulina and chlorella, and the red pigment astaxanthin which is also a powerful antioxidant is a compound extracted from algae. With hundreds of thousands of varieties of algae to choose from, the potential of algae has yet to be explored at its fullest.
What is Nannochloropsis?
Nannochloropsis is a single celled microalgae plankton, a eukaryote in the class Eustigmatophyceae. These unicellular photosynthetic organisms are known for their high lipid content and are commonly used in various applications, particularly in the field of aquaculture, cosmetics and biofuels.
Nannochloropsis is widely used in aquaculture as a feed supplement for various marine organisms, including fish, shrimp, and bivalves. The high nutritional value and small size of Nannochloropsis cells make them suitable as a source of essential fatty acids, proteins, and other nutrients for the cultured organisms. Nannochloropsis is cultivated in large-scale outdoor ponds or in closed photobioreactors using artificial light sources. The cells can be harvested and processed for various applications, such as biofuel production, aquaculture feed, or as a source of valuable compounds for the pharmaceutical or nutraceutical industries
What is Biomass?
Biomass refers to organic matter derived from plants, animals, and microorganisms that can be used as a renewable source of food or energy. All living organisms contain water; the biomass refers to the non-water mass, also known as dry matter. Biomass can be in the form of solid, liquid, or gas. Biomass is considered renewable because it is synthesised by plants and crops which can be regrown, absorbing carbon dioxide in photosynthesis from the atmosphere during their growth cycle.