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Golden Alga Research Coordinated by TPWD

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists, other agency officials, and researchers remain dedicated to achieving a better understanding of and potential management options for golden alga in Texas. One of our current research funding grants is through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grant program, whose goal is to conserve wildlife and their habitats. Another source of funding is through Texas Legislature authorizations for research projects that address priority needs for the understanding and management of golden alga in Texas. The money to fulfill these authorizations is raised through user-based fees, specifically the licenses that fishermen pay to fish in Texas. Potential projects were submitted and selected using the Golden Alga Research Grant Proposal Protocol media download(PDF 47 KB).

2003 & 2004 Golden Alga Projects

2005 & 2006 Golden Alga Projects


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Aditional Information:

Would you like to know more?
The Biology of Golden Alga summarizes what we know about the alga and its toxins.

Where does golden alga fit compared to other single-celled organisms?
The Golden Alga Family Tree gives examples of and information about golden alga and other protists.

What does golden alga look like?
TPWD Golden Alga Images has photos of fish kills, golden algal cells, and short videos of live golden alga. These images may be used for noncommercial/educational purposes as long as TPWD is given credit and other site policies are followed.

Golden Alga Information Card: TPWD has collaborated with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other entities to produce a golden alga information card. Download a PDF from the TCEQ website or request a free hard copy from TPWD at

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