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Nannochloropsis Market Size - By Type (Powder, Liquid), By Application (Aquaculture, Animal Feed, Nutraceuticals & Dietary Supplements, Cosmetics & Personal Care, Biofuels & Bioenergy, Bioremediation), Cultivation Method & Global Forecast, 2023 – 2032

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  • Published Date: Jul 2023
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Nannochloropsis Market Size

Nannochloropsis Market size was valued at USD 4 million in 2022 and is projected to expand at 4.5% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. In the aquaculture industry, nannochloropsis is extensively used as a feed ingredient. The rising demand for seafood including finfish and shellfish has resulted in increased aquaculture production, fueling the market demand. The nutraceutical and functional food industries have realized the value of incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into their products, which is increasing the demand for nannochloropsis as a sustainable & effective source. The ongoing R&D in the field of microalgae cultivation, biotechnology, and bioprocessing is propelling the industry demand.

Nannochloropsis Market

Nannochloropsis is considered a valuable feedstock for biofuel production, especially biodiesel. The high lipid content and rapid growth rate make nannochloropsis a popular choice for sustainable biofuel production. The growing emphasis on renewable energy sources and the need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels are boosting nannochloropsis market revenue in the renewable energy and biofuel sectors.


There are significant challenges involved in the scaling up of the manufacturing of nannochloropsis from laboratory or small-scale cultivation to commercial-scale operations. The main hurdles in large-scale production include maintaining consistent product quality, optimizing cultivation conditions, and ensuring high yields while controlling costs. Nannochloropsis cultivation systems are prone to contamination from other microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, and other algae. To maintain the purity & quality of nannochloropsis biomass, it is important to control and prevent contamination. The high costs of nannochloropsis products may reduce the acceptance rate, impeding market growth.

COVID-19 Impact

Similar to other sectors, the nannochloropsis market witnessed supply chain disruptions owing to lockdowns, transportation restrictions, and the closure of production plants. This delayed the production & distribution of nannochloropsis products, affecting the availability and timely delivery to customers. The pandemic impacted the aquaculture industry, which is a major end user of nannochloropsis. Travel restrictions and disruptions in global trade hampered aquaculture operations, leading to reduced demand for aquaculture feeds including those containing nannochloropsis.

The pandemic increased the focus on health & overall wellbeing with consumers becoming more health-conscious. This increased the demand for functional food & nutraceutical products including those containing nannochloropsis as it has nutritional benefits and omega-3 fatty acids. Subsequently, the reduced COVID-19 cases and implementation of strategies by government & non-government organizations are projected to augment market growth.

Nannochloropsis Market Trends

The aquaculture industry is growing significantly owing to rising seafood consumption and the need for sustainable protein sources. Nannochloropsis is considered an important feed ingredient in aquaculture owing to its nutritional profile including high protein content and omega-3 fatty acids. As the aquaculture industry grows, the demand for nannochloropsis will also grow.

As nannochloropsis can utilize nutrients and pollutants from wastewater, it is being explored for applications in bioremediation and wastewater treatments. There is an increased interest in utilizing nannochloropsis to remove nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater, offering an environmental-friendly solution for bioremediation.

Nannochloropsis Market Analysis

Global Nannochloropsis Market Size, By Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

The nannochloropsis market from powder segment held over USD 1.2 million revenue in 2022. In the aquaculture industry, nannochloropsis powder is widely used as a feed ingredient. High protein content, omega-3 fatty acids, and essential nutrients make nannochloropsis an essential addition to fish and shrimp feeds. The rising demand for eco-friendly & nutritious aquaculture feeds is fueling the nannochloropsis powder demand.

Nannochloropsis liquid suspension is used in bioremediation and wastewater treatments. As it can absorb nutrients and pollutants from wastewater, it proves to be an efficient solution for water purification. The growing focus on environmental sustainability and the need for effective wastewater treatments are driving nannochloropsis liquid suspension demand.

Nannochloropsis Market Revenue Share, By Cultivation Method, (2022)

The open pond cultivation segment accounted for 40% of the nannochloropsis market share in 2022. Open pond cultivation is preferred for its lower infrastructure and operational costs compared to other cultivation methods. The cost-effectiveness of this method can majorly drive product demand, especially large-scale nannochloropsis production. Open pond cultivation can easily scale up production to meet the growing demand. The need for consistent & high-quality nannochloropsis biomass is stimulating the demand for photobioreactor cultivation. Photobioreactors enable higher productivity per unit area compared to open pond systems.

The nannochloropsis market from aquaculture segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% through 2032, due to the rising demand for renewable & eco-friendly feeds in the aquaculture industry. The increased demand for natural & plant-based ingredients is accelerating nannochloropsis demand in the nutraceuticals segment. The growing demand for nannochloropsis is attributed to the need for a sustainable & renewable source of bioactive compounds in these industries. The demand for environmental-friendly and cost-effective solutions for water treatment and pollution control is also fueling nannochloropsis demand.

U.S. Nannochloropsis Market Revenue, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

The U.S. nannochloropsis market size dominated around USD 1.8 million in 2022, owing to the increased demand for seafood products and the decline in wild fish stocks. North America focuses on health and overall wellbeing with consumers increasingly seeking natural & plant-based ingredients in their diets. The demand for sustainable solutions in wastewater treatment, bioremediation, and renewable energy is fueling nannochloropsis demand in North America.

Nannochloropsis Market Share

Major companies operating in the nannochloropsis market include:

  • Reed Mariculture
  • Cellana
  • Algatech
  • Varicon Aqua Solutions
  • Nutrex Hawaii
  • Guangdong Runke Bioengineering
  • Qingdao Jingling Ocean Technology,
  • Phyco Biotech.

They focus on strategic partnerships, new product launches, and commercialization efforts for market expansion. They are heavily investing in research to introduce innovative products and garner maximum market revenue.

Nannochloropsis Industry News

  • On 1st October, 2020, Cyanotech® Corporation, announced its launch of BioAstin® Hawaiian Astaxanthin® in a new delivery form, water dispersible powder, available in both 1% and 2% concentrations. BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin is a powerful nannochloropsis antioxidant derived from natural Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae grown on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Cyanotech is the most vertically integrated producer of naturally grown Astaxanthin.
  • On 15th September 2020, AlgaEnergy N.A. Inc., have signed a two-pronged partnership agreement. The first agreement establishes AlgaEnergy as the exclusive global distributor of Concentric’s microbial product, Synergro® (sold as Inocucor Garden Solution® in California) and its cell-free microbial metabolite product, Synergro M2 TM. The agreement excludes Concentric’s core business in Canada and the United States for broadacre and row crops. Synergro and Synergro M2 will continue to be sold through Concentric’s existing distribution channels.

This nannochloropsis market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) & volume (Kilo Tons) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • Powder
  • Liquid
  • Others

Market, By Cultivation Method

  • Open Pond Cultivation
  • Photobioreactor Cultivation
  • Closed System Cultivation
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Aquaculture
  • Animal Feed
  • Nutraceuticals & Dietary Supplements
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Biofuels & Bioenergy
  • Bioremediation
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of nannochloropsis was reached USD 4 million in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 15 million by 2032, due to the rising demand for seafood, including finfish and shellfish.

The aquaculture application segment is expected to record 6.6% CAGR from 2023-2032, owing to the higher demand for renewable and eco-friendly feeds in the aquaculture industry

Demand for nannochloropsis in the U.S. reached USD 1.8 million in 2022 and is expected to grow at lucrative pace through 2032, driven by the surging demand for seafood products and the decline in wild fish stocks.

Some of the major players operating in the market include Reed Mariculture, Cellana, Algatech, Varicon Aqua Solutions, Nutrex Hawaii, Guangdong Runke Bioengineering, Qingdao Jingling Ocean Technology, and Phyco Biotech.

Nannochloropsis Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 16
  • Tables & Figures: 196
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