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


Participation at “5th Research application Seminar to Mussel Farming” organized by INTEMIT and CETMIS

  On October 10, we have participated a seminar in Castro city, Los Lagos Region (Chiloé Island) , co-organized by  Technological Institute of Mitilicultura (INTEMIT)  and CETMIS (Centro de Extensionismo Tecnológico para una Mitilicultura Sustentable) for local mussel farming producers. Audiences included local mussel farmers, local National Fisheries Service office (SERNAPESCA), local aquaculture companies and local high school students from Castro, Chonchi and Quemchi, gathering more than 200 people.   This seminar is held every October by INTEMIT for Los Lagos mussel farmers, aiming to promote information sharing among researchers and local industries with the latest information on mussel culture and this year marks 5th event.   As a result, there was a […]

Seminar of project MACH at Temuco, Araucanía Region

     On September 4, we have co-organized a public seminar at Temuco city, Araucanía Region with Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO). Audiences included local regional Araucanía government, Temuco Municipality staff, researchers and students and staff from UFRO. Main objective of this public seminar was to inform to citizens and public sectors of Temuco city and surrounding area a progress of ongoing project and its potential benefit to their community.     First, Professor Milko Jorquera, director of MACH project, overviewed the ongoing progress in its second year of 5-years project: monitoring and sampling through all part of Chile (link:), that is, Antofagasta, Puerto Saavedra, Bahía Mansa, Puerto Montt, Calbuco, Cucao, Quellón, […]

The 2nd Joint Coordination Committee at UFRO

   On September 5, we held the 2nd Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of project MACH at University of La Frontera (UFRO) at Temuco together with all associated members.  A JCC is organized annually to share all the scientific and management progress on MACH project and discuss various issues related to 5 years project of implementation such as equipment procurement, scientific data sharing, and confirmation of technical visit to Japan and so on. A day before JCC meeting on September 4th, members from all the scientific institution of both Chile and Japan have internal meeting to prepare for the JCC meeting and shared progress and coming research plan.     In this […]

Visiting IFOP Magallanes group in Punta Arenas

On Sep. 9th, 2019, Prof. Maruyama, Dr. Fujiyoshi and Mr. Vilugrón , SATREPS lab assistant in IFOP Puerto Montt visited IFOP Magallanes group. The staff in Magallanes group kindly cooperates with us and take samples around Punta Arenas every month. As a part of the special seminar in IFOP, Prof. Maruyama Dr. Fujiyoshi and Mr. Vilugrón gave a talk for the members. Prof. Maruyama firstly expressed his gratitude for the member’s support, and explained the overview of SATREPS-MACH project. He emphasized that this MACH project focuses on “holobiome: the interaction between HAB (Harmful Algae Bloom) and other microorganisms” as well as physicochemical factors. So far, HAB research is only focused […]

Invited talk on Workshop Konünwenu 2019 at UFRO

        On 26th september 2019, Dr. So Fujiyoshi gave a talk “Bioinformatics in Microbiome Analysis” on the workshop of “Konünwenu 2019” (link) held at University of La Frontera (UFRO).          The workshop was held by Centro de Excelencia de Modelación y Computación Científica (CEMCC), University of La Frontera. The title of the workshop “Konünwenu” means “Entrance to Cosmos” of Mapudungun (the language of the Mapuche people). CEMCC invited the speakers from broad areas of background of academic and companies, to facilitate audiences to learn about trends of each area of data science and informatics. Talks ranged from astronomy, cyber security, and data science of different research […]

Seminar of three Japanese professors at Castro, Chiloé

    At the beginning of September 2019, we invited three professors to Chile, Dr. Yoshihiro Ito (associate professor of Kyoto University, Disaster Prevention Research Institute; link), Dr. Kei Yoshimura (professor of the University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science; link), and Dr. Shinji Nakaoka (lecturer of Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Life Sciences; link), to present lectures to Chilean communities. Dr. Ito is the Japanese leader of the earthquake research project that is proceeding in Mexico (link) on the same framework as our MACH project, the SATREPS International Science and Technology Cooperation Program. Dr. Yoshimura and Dr. Nakaoka are collaborating with our project (link).     On September 3, […]

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 […]

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