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Marine Harvest pushes back against allegations it's 'strategically' limiting Chile production

Company is focused on one thing: the health of the sector and the company, one executive tells IntraFish.

Gianfranco Nattero, director of raw material and trade in the US at Marine Harvest, told IntraFish claims suggesting the company is strategically limiting Chilean production growth are “not true.

"What Marine Harvest wants is to have clear rules that allow Chile's industry to be competitive," Nattero said.

Roberto Izquierdo, president of salmon farmer Invermar, recently questioned Marine Harvest's intentions in Chile, claiming the company is trying to hamper overall production in the country.

That way, according to Izquierdo, Marine Harvest could focus in other regions where its production is more profitable, without losing competitiveness in Chile.

However, Marine Harvest's Nattero denied the claims, and insisted the company is not trying to limit the country's output for its own benefit.

“Our intentions are far from trying to limit production with an agenda,” Nattero said. “We want rules that are clear and that put the country's industry in a competitive position.”

Nattero said new farming regulations that oblige farmers to move their farming operations into their concessions are “a delicate matter that’s causing concerns for many in the industry.”

Nattero was appointed director of the recently created division of raw material and trade in February, and will be moving back to Chile in July after having spent six years in Miami, at the helm of Marine Harvest's US sales department.

As part of his new role, he will continue to manage the commercialization of Chilean and Canadian production, and also to commercialize European production in the United States.

The strategy in the Chilean business will stay as it is at the moment, Nattero said.

“We will focus in improving costs efficiency, simplify the process in the origin of raw material, and elaborate our production in our markets, especially in the United States," he said.

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