AFA, Blue-Green Algae Harvested from Lake Klamath, Oregon
Located near the cascade mountains in southern Oregon lies a truly unique eco-system, Klamath lake and it's surrounding forests, marshes, and meadows serves as a refuge for hundreds of resident and migratory wildlife.
The Klamath basin is home to the largest congregation of bald eagles in the lower 48 states and is the largest stop over for water fowl in the pacific fly way. It is an area well know for its tranquility and beauty.
Klamath lake is fed by one of the world's purest lakes, crater lake. 7,000 years ago, the mountain, then Mt Mazama erupted The volcanic eruption that hollowed the mountain was estimated to be up to 7 times more violent than Mt St Helen's eruption and spread a thick layer of volcanic ash throughout the entire Klamath basin, covering 7 states and reaching as far as Canada.
Slowly, the crater filled up with water to become today's pristine crater lake. Carried from crater lake under immense pressure through miles of underground rivers and streams, the pure water is transported toward Klamath lake where in the nearby mountains numerous streams of astonishing beauty bubble up fresh, mineral rich water from the ground which flows into Klamath lake gathering additional nutrients along the way.
Because Klamath lake is a relatively undisturbed high desert region that receives intense sunlight, it is an ideal environment for the flourishing of AFA, a species of cyanto phyta.
The wealth of naturally occurring nutrients and minerals in Klamath lake is responsible for the abundant and unique growth of this extraordinary micro-algae. Studies conducted in the 1960s estimated that at any one point in time during the blooming season, Klamath lake contains up to 7,000 tonnes of wet algal bio mass.
With its abundance, AFA plays an important role in nourishing and maintaining the delicate ecosystem of Klamath lake and it's surroundings.
To ensure quality and safety, AFA is harvested according to a stringent quality control program. Each day prior to harvesting, samples of algae are collected and analyzed on a floating lake laboratory. To ensure the quality and purity of the bloom. Once the purity of an algal bloom has been established, harvesting operations commence.
Through extensive research, a proprietary method was developed to selectively retrieve AFA from the lake without contamination by other algal species and without damaging its sensitive eco system or the delicate algae.
AFA is a filamentus micro algae resembling a supple blade of grass. Contrary to other algal species with more rigid shapes, AFA sticks to surfaces or wraps itself around structures like a wire. Building on this property, barges with rotating wires were developed to selectively harvest AFA and leave behind other species of algae.
The harvested algae is virtually pure AFA. The algae collected on the rotating wires are then transferred onto a conveyor belt to maximize de-watering and then chilled through a heat exchanger before being transported to the processing plants. At the processing plant, using a proprietary process of centrifugation and filtration the harvested AFA is treated to concentrate certain components, including specifically the l-selectin blocker responsible for supporting the release of stem cells from the bone marrow.
This proprietary drying method uses heat transfer technology and specific properties of water to gently remove moisture from AFA while maintaining the maximum integrity of the nutrients and active compounds found in StemEnhance Ultra.
The superiority of this drying method over other drying methods has been confirmed in an independent study performed at Washington State University.
After a series of stringent tests to confirm its safety and purity, StemEnhance Ultra is then encapsulated and bottled in a pharmaceutical grade GMP certified facility.
GMP or good manufacturing practices is a state of the art, internationally recognized quality control program that ensures the highest quality in the manufacturing of dietary supplement products before being shipped to your home.
A tour of Cerule's AFA/Blue-green algae harvesting equipment on Lake Klamath, Oregon video transcript:'We harvest in 3 different methods. This one is a sucker, you see that snout goes down in [the water], then we slurp it right off the surface and then a whole bunch of drying tables, shaker tables, and vacuum belts and then it goes into the tank there.
This one, you know you've heard about the mycrocystin type of algae. These we do with fishing line and the fishing line doesn't harvest the bad stuff.
Oh yeah, wow.
This is the latest one and it works very, very well. There's times when well 2 of our boats can get 2,000 gallons in 15 minutes. And you see how that, see how these slurpers drop down and then everything goes in there and the water's sucked out with these. Those green directioners, those are thrusters that suck all the water out of the tub and just leave the algae on the belt.
These are our small transport boats, that bring it into the barge off the harvesters. We have 5, we only have 4 out here, one of them we haven't been using, because we haven't needed it this year.
We've been really harvesting close, we don't harvest much in here, just right outside the point.
When you have an algal bloom, when it starts to when it abates, what's that time frame roughly?
Well, we had it about from the 2nd of June to about 3 weeks ago [early September], it never went away..'
Squaw Point video transcript:'Now this is, this is where we do most of our harvesting and we always say it's the current of the lake. So all the.. up north is spring fed, I don't know if you've seen any pictures, crystal clear water rivers coming in.
Yeah, we've seen online, but not in real life.
Yeah, it's quite a deal and then we claim this is the current, the algae's clear.. for some reason it blooms along this ridge. And this is where we harvest. We harvest from about here north and it's all nice and that's our second island and as you see, you guys saw we're at squaw point, so there's a lot of lake left. You know.
Does anybody harvest way over there or up there this is where you found is the best?
Sometimes, this is what we say is fresh. The minute.. it'll be just like this and you'll see a little algae and in 15 minutes, I swear you can walk on it. It just comes up, and you're looking at it, you know. And if we see it starting to materialize, then we cut loose, we get on radio and then we're here when it's here. And that's where we say it's blooming. And it might be boom just for an hour, maybe 2, maybe 6, maybe all day, so it's really..
Totally mother nature, not predictable.