SUSTAINABILITY AND SAFETY IS BUILT RIGHT INTO OUR PRODUCTS.

Karen® Phytoplankton is produced on land and not taken from the ocean.
The only by-product in creating our phytoplankton is clean oxygen.

Fitoplancton Marino plant in Cadiz, Spain

Phytoplankton is the most self-sustaining fundamental all-natural nutritional ingredient for life on Earth.

Phytoplankton are known to support entire ecosystems (oceans/lakes) and helps produce almost 90% of the oxygen for life on land. It is so important to our planet that if it were to disappear tomorrow most of life, if not all, would no longer exist.

What makes Karen® Phytoplankton products so special is that they do not come straight from the ocean but are grown in a land based – cutting edge facility where they safely and efficiently reproduce in a controlled ocean-like environment for maximum purity.

The specialized process in cultivating microalgae is done at our parent company Fitoplancton Marino in Cadiz, Spain. The highest quality strains were initially extracted from wild marine waters and further cultivated under conditions that most precisely replicate natural oceanic settings. This ensures a product free of atmospheric pollutants or other contaminants. Through the whole process, the only by-product is pure clean oxygen going back into the atmosphere while pure clean filtered seawater is pumped back into the ocean.

Fitoplancton Marino is the world leader in microalgae production and the first company in the world to receive ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 certification for the production and processing of microalgae.

If you are taking any fish oil or Krill oil supplement for your health then you need to know the impact you are placing on the ocean’s ecology.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are taking any fish oil or Krill oil supplement for your health, then you need to know the impact you are placing on the ocean’s ecology.

Commercial fishing for Krill has increased in recent years to supply the growing demand for nutritional supplements such as Krill oil and Fish oils.

Krill oil, rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, is a popular nutritional supplement around the world. However, according to a recent report from Greenpeace, growing demand is fueling commercial fishing in Antarctica’s icy waters that could make it harder for all kinds of polar marine life to survive climate change threats.

A tiny cold-water-living crustacean, krill isn’t eaten by humans. It is fished in parts of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean to make nutritional supplements as well as pet, livestock, poultry, and aquaculture feed. But polar marine wildlife—including penguins, seals, whales, fish, and birds—also depend on krill as a major part of their diet. The Southern Ocean teems with an estimated 379 million metric tons of krill. But overfishing is placing unnecessary pressure on sensitive ecosystems in a part of the world’s oceans already greatly threatened by melting sea ice and rising ocean temperatures.

In the report, Greenpeace detailed its use of public data to track five years of krill fishing vessel activities around the Western Antarctic Peninsula, the part of the continent that extends up toward South America and is both the major area for the krill fishery and a feeding ground for penguins and whales. Krill fishing levels have increased in the area in recent years. In 2010, according to the report, fishing hit the maximal allowed level of 120,000 metric tons for the first time in the West Antarctic Peninsula region and has several times since—triggering the early closure of season’s fishing. In these years, the report said, vessels from Norway, South Korea, and China have ramped up activities and new ships are also being built.

In tracking vessel movements, Greenpeace noticed “a pattern of fishing activity increasingly close to shore and in the immediate vicinity of penguin colonies, which depend on krill.” Their findings—based on analyzing automatic identification signals, which show movements of krill trawlers, and cargo and tanker vessels—found vessels that appeared to be transferring catch at sea to large refrigerated cargo ships, a practice called transshipment that has raised concerns about illegal fishing elsewhere. The report identifies at least two of these cargo ships, called reefers, as having been involved in previous pollution or safety violations. Some ships were anchoring close to a specially protected area, which can damage the seabed and is discouraged by the CCAMLR’s rules, according to the report. Other concerns raised by Greenpeace include the risk of oil spills, fires, or groundings in relatively pristine waters.