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2003 & 2004 Golden Alga Projects

In addition to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grant awarded to TPWD, research projects were funded through a Texas Legislature authorization of $600,000 per year for two years (from September 2003 through August 2005) for projects addressing priority needs for the understanding and management of golden alga in Texas. This money was raised through user-based fees, specifically the licenses that fishermen pay to fish in Texas. Projects funded include the following:

Research/Studies Progressing under the State Wildlife Grant number T-14-P:

Research/Studies Progressing under the Texas Legislatively-authorized funds:

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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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