Christian Molinari

Christian Molinari

Contributing Editor

A native of San Francisco, Christian Molinari has lived and worked in Chile for over 20 years, after having arrived in Santiago as a volunteer and falling in love with the culture and its people. He covered business news in Latin America for over a decade, worked in communications at IBM Chile, and currently freelances in strategic communications and reporting.

Published on
July 7, 2020

Unidentified parties have allegedly attacked three cages holding 92,863 Coho salmon belonging to Chilean salmon farmer Camanchaca, causing a mass escape …

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Published on
July 1, 2020

The Chilean Salmon Council – formed in May between AquaChile and Salmones Aysén, as well as the local units of Cermaq and Mowi – has appointed the economist Joanna Davidovich as executive director ...

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Published on
June 30, 2020

Sixteen of Chilean salmon farmer Blumar’s 18 cages at its Seno Reloncaví center in Palena province, Los Lagos region, sunk in the early morning of 27 June due to heavy storms. A total 875,144 fish in the fattening stage, at an average weight of 3.8 kilos, were registered at the center.

"Our concern is currently to mitigate the environmental impact that the escape of these fish represents. The contingency protocols as stipulated by

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Published on
June 29, 2020

Russia’s veterinary service, Rosselkhoznadzor, has taken AquaChile's Cailin plant, located in southern Chile’s Quellón district, off its list of restricted plants which were blockaded earlier this year after Russian health authorities reportedly detected traces of crystal violet and antibiotics (oxytetracycline) in farmed salmon.

More plants are expected to be cleared by Rosselkoznadzor in the coming weeks, according to Alicia

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Published on
June 25, 2020

The biggest impact on Chile’s salmon sector will not come from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, but rather from the low prices the sector is being forced to sell at, according to Arturo Clement, the president of industry association SalmonChile ... 

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Published on
June 22, 2020

In a videoconference with Sernapesca Director Alicia Gallardo, Chinese authorities confirmed that there are no restrictions on the importation of Chilean salmon, despite European salmon being blocked due to unfounded fears it had served as a carrier of the coronavirus.

Gallardo, the director of Chile’s national fishing service, also announced Chinese officials had carried out an unprecedented remote joint inspection of

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Published on
June 15, 2020

The board of directors of the new Chilean Salmon Council – formed in May between AquaChile and Salmones Aysén, as well as the local units of Cermaq and Mowi – recently met with Chilean Minister of Economy Lucas Palacios and Undersecretary of Fisheries Román Zelaya.

During the meeting, the salmon farmers said their companies “commit to being a benchmark for innovation, with absolute adherence to current

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Published on
June 15, 2020

Chile’s Council for the Defense of the State (CDE) filed a criminal lawsuit against five executives of the salmon farmer Nova Austral, forcing an investigation into their responsibility for fraud, according to an announcement by CDE.

According to local paper El Mostrador – which originally broke the story last year of Nova Austral’s reporting of false mortality figures, which led authorities to file charges against the company

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Published on
June 9, 2020

Puerto Montt, Chile-based Greenspot – a certified B corporation focused on the circular economy, recycling and reusing plastic waste from industrial sectors, particularly from salmon farming – has found an opportunity to collaborate with the country’s salmon aquaculture companies in an effort to combat COVID-19.

Greenspot has designed the first sanitizing footbath mat made from 100 percent recycled plastic from Chilean salmon

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Published on
June 9, 2020

Despite higher revenue and harvest volumes, Chilean salmon farmer Nova Austral saw losses in the first quarter of 2020. Nova Austral lost

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