Development of harmful algal bloom monitoring methods and forecast system for sustainable aquaculture and coastal fisheries in Chile (Monitoring of algae in Chile)
2018 10.18

Kickoff ceremony was held on 2018.9.5 at Santiago, Chile.

Introducing our project to high school students in Pitrufquén

On June 4, 2019, an outreach activity for high school students in Pitrufuquén, co-sponsored by the Scientific and Technological Bioresource Nucleus (BIOREN) in La Frontera University (UFRO) was held. Pitrufuquén is a city about 30 km south from UFRO. The audience of this lecture was approximately 150 high school students of Complejo Educacional Monseñor Guillermo Hartl in Pitrufquén. During the lecture, Dr. Jacqulienne Acuña acted as a moderator. Dr. Marco Compos, UFRO postdoctoral researcher, presented “The impact of agriculture on our environment”, and Mr. Ignacio Rilling, SATREPS-MACH lab assistant, presented “SATREPS MACH Project” to the students.             In the “SATREPS MACH Project” lecture, Ignacio explained new technologies such as […]

Visit to Dr. Shiraishi hatchery in Coyhaique

May 7th, 2019, Prof. Gonzalo Gajardo (Universidad de Los Lagos), Dr. Fumito Maruyama (Kyoto University) and Dr. So Fujiyoshi (Kyoto University) visited the Dr. Shiraishi Hatchery managed by Los Lagos University, located close to the city (10 min by car) of Coyhaique, Aysén Region, at the mouth of river Claro in Simpson River. Established in 1976 thanks to Japanese and Chilean technical cooperation, this center pioneered the adaptation of salmon from the Northern hemisphere to Chile (*1). The objective of this visit was to know one of the first salmon hatcheries in Chile that paved the way to the salmon aquaculture and to lean the role model for social implementation, […]

Visiting University of Antofagasta

On May 13, 2019, Dr. Nagai and Dr. Yarimizu visited Professor Carlos Riquelmé at the University of Antofagasta. University of Antofagasta is one of the four core institutes of SATREPS-MACH project and Professor Riquelmé is the Research Associate Director of the project. As a part of the special lecture of the Professor Riquelmé’s class, Dr. Nagai gave a lecture for the students. The lecture included the overview of SATREPS-MACH project, introduction of salmon culture in Japan, the history of salmon aquaculture business in Chile, and the situation of Harmful Algae Blooms in Chile. Dr. Nagai explained these topics connecting to our daily lives so that students would familiarize the lecture […]


On May 8, 2019, Dr. Maruyama, Dr. Nagai, and Dr. Fujiyoshi visited IFOP-CREAN to hold a SATREPS-MACH seminar for CREAN employees. The purpose of the seminar was to introduce the SATREPS-MACH project and networking between SATREPS-MACH members of Japan and the employees of CREAN. Many IFOP employees participated in this seminar. The lecture was organized in three parts: First, Professor Maruyama gave the overview of SATREPS-MACH project followed by IFOP’s lab assistant Jonathan Vilugrón for explaining the actual activities being carried out in Chile for the project, and finally Professor Nagai presented Dinophysis and its toxins associated with harmful algae blooms. The seminar was started with an award and recognition for […]

Workshop organized at city of Osorno

On May 3rd, 2019 Universidad de Los Lagos (ULAGOS) and our project MACH jointly organized “1st Workshop: Biotechnological Challenge and Improvements for Sustainable Aquaculture in The X Region”.   In the workshop attended by the Vice Dean of Research, Dr. Sandra Ríos, Dr. Fumito Maruyama (Kyoto University), Prof. Milko Jorquera (Universidad de La Frontera), Dr. Cristian Segura (INTEMIT) and Dr. Leonardo Guzmán (Instituto de Fomento Pesquero) from MACH Project had presentations (Project map). At the end of the workshop, a panel-discussion was performed by Prof. Gonzalo Gajardo (ULAGOS) who organized this workshop as well as all the presenters with exchanging opinions with the participants including academic staff from ULAGOS, undergraduate and […]

Field work was developed in the IFOP-CREAN facilities by MACH-SATREPS lab assistant Joaquin Rilling

On March 5th (Tuesday) 2019 field work was developed in the IFOP-CREAN facilities by MACH-SATREPS lab assistant Mr. Joaquin Rilling (assigned to assist Dr. So Fujiyoshi in UFRO). The field work developed consisted in the detection of Alexandrium catenella in water DNA samples collected from Los Lagos Region through Loop-mediated isothermal DNA amplification (LAMP). The methodology applied required Mr. Rilling to travel personally to Puerto Montt to bring both the suitcase lab where the equipment (Kaneka LAMP detector) its contained, and to use it due to his expertise. In this opportunity, the DNA samples were provided directly by Dr. Kyoko Yarimizu, who detected the presence of A. catenella microscopically before […]